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Weight: 240 lbs
A former 5-star recruit who got buried on the defensive depth chart at Ohio State, McMillan got his chance to shine in 2015 where he won the Butkus award for best linebacker and was again in the running for it in 2016. A solid 6’2″ and 240lbs, Raekwon is the prototypical size of an NFL linebacker who can move and excels at cleaning up the play. Not the flashiest player by any means but McMillan has the instincts and vision to read and react. he boasts a prowess to read a QBs eyes and clog the passing lane.
His tackles dipped in 2016 but that’s because he dropped back into zone coverage more than in asked previously. He finishing the season with 5 deflected passes and 2 forced fumbles.
Typically, Raekwon gets the upper hand on the block because of his quickness off the line. Landing the block with his hands and extended arms lends himself to a good frame to work from. He is also equipped with the ability to read the QBs eyes to react and fill passing lanes as well as recognize key blocks to clog running lanes.
A solid frame and the strength-to-size to go with it, Raekwon is the desired LB specimen by NFL standards to clog the middle lanes, especially in 4-3 schemes. His size prevents him from being muscled around and overtaken while engaged in blocks.
He showed good signs against passing attacks in his junior year at OSU but is better left to zone coverage rather than covering the man. Tight hips lead to delayed reactions actions against quick-twitch runners as well as stop-start movements. He is good with his hands and arm extension but tends to block on top rather than underneath pushing to the wrong side of the block leading to difficulty in breaking the block for a tackle.
Best case scenario for McMillan is landing in a 4-3 scheme playing middle-strong side as a solid LB streaming option for your IDP squad. He won’t put up elite numbers but he will be a dependable piece to get you tackles and occasionally deflect passes. You can rely on him for an LB3-4 after a year or two in the pros after you draft him around the top of the third round of rookie drafts.