The 6’2″, 243 pound junior inside linebacker recorded 102 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 5 passes defensed, and 2 forced fumbles in 13 games en route to earning First-Team All-Big Ten and AP Second-Team All-American honors.
He was also named a Lott and Butkus award semifinalist.
As a co-captain for Ohio State, McMillan finished his standout Buckeyes career with 275 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 6.0 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 forced fumbles.
From his NFL.com Draft Profile:
"NFL COMPARISONMason Foster"
"BOTTOM LINEMcMillan has too many issues standing his ground and leveraging his gap as an interior run defender and could end up outside in the pros. He might have benefited from playing alongside a slew of NFL talent, but he’s active and plays the game with good instincts. He has the potential to become an average starter in the league."
"“Like Mosley, McMillan is a solid run defender who can give up plays in coverage. This comparison does not apply to pass-rush ability, as Mosley has been productive in this capacity for the Ravens, while McMillan has not displayed the skill set in college needed to be effective at the next level.”"
Highly regarded as one of the best inside linebackers in this year’s draft class, McMillan is widely projected to be an early round selection by draft experts:
Of course, the Colts could clearly use help at inside linebacker, as the team has young holdovers Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison as its only potential solutions–who are both unproven and could be better served as backups long-term.
Specifically, the team released starting veteran inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson earlier this offseason and has already struggled replacing Jerrell Freeman from a year ago with the cupboard otherwise barren.
McMillan could be an intriguing inside linebacker prospect for the Colts from that perspective, as the team is presumably looking for an upgrade at the position for the foreseeable future.
Here are the following prospects who the Colts have reportedly met so far at the NFL Combine: