Round 2: Rawkwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State (6-foot-2, 243 pounds)
The Colts released inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson to free up some cap space for the free agency period. Jackson was the Colts’ most productive defensive player. It would be smart to replace him with an early round draft pick.
Raekwon McMillan recorded 102 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 5 passes defensed, and 2 forced fumbles this past season for the Buckeyes. As a result, he earned First-Team All-Big Ten and AP Second-Team All-American honors.
In his three-year Ohio State career, he finished with 275 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception.
McMillan is a mixed bag when it comes to draft analysts. Lance Zierlein believes the former Buckeye best projects as an “average” starter. Meanwhile, Pro Football Focus compares him to the Baltimore Ravens‘ Cj Mosley without the pass rushing skills.
The intrigue with McMillan is he is fast and strong for a middle linebacker. He ran the third fastest 40-yard dash among linebackers (4.61 seconds) and repped the 225-pound bench press 23 times.
Even with the up-and-down draft grades, the consensus is he will be picked in the first two rounds. The Colts could have a legitimate shot at getting, which would not be a bad thing.
Reportedly, Indianapolis wants to focus more on getting fast and athletic players on defense. McMillan fits that mold in a nutshell. He would contend for a starting spot in camp and could be a starter in Week 1.
Second round alternatives for McMillan only includes Florida’s Jarrad Davis. After that, the Colts should wait until the later round if they do not get either McMillan or Davis.
After selecting two defensive players in their front seven, Indianapolis will look to fortify its secondary in the third round.