The 2017 NFL Draft is set to kick off Thursday evening in Philadelphia and while it is unlikely either Pat Elflein or Raekwon McMillan are selected in the first round, there is a good chance the pair of Buckeye veterans could go in the second or third rounds on Friday. What follows are draft bios on Elflein and McMillan along with analysis from draft analyst Erick Trickel from the Mile High Report. Draft rankings are from CBS Sports.
6-3 • 303
CBS Rank: Overall 68; C 1
Combine 40: 5.32 seconds
ACCOLADES: Elflein was a three-year starter at Ohio State and also played significant time as a freshman in 2013, playing in most of the game against Michigan and starting the 2013 Big Ten title game. He helped anchor an offensive line that led OSU to a national title in 2014 and was moved from guard to center for the 2016 season, where he earned the Rimington Award as the top center in the nation.
PROJECTED ROUND: Late second to early third
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens
ELFLEIN SAYS: “Just getting drafted would be awesome. That would be a dream come true. You hear so many different things but you really can’t trust it. The draft process is crazy, so I guess on draft day I’ll find out where I’m going and when I’m going. So it’s just kind of a waiting game until then, and I will try to do well in all the events going up to it.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “There is no question Elflein is the top center in this class, but he isn’t just a center and is a more than capable player at guard. Elflein has scheme versatility and is a plug-and-play lineman on the interior. He is flying under the radar, as centers do, but he is a top-five offensive lineman in this class and one of the safest picks in the draft. Those factors make it surprising he hasn’t garnered some first-round talk, which is a weak class for offensive linemen, Elflein is deserving. Whenever Elflein gets selected, he will become a key piece for that team’s offensive line.” – Erick Trickel
6-2 • 240
CBS Rank: Overall 47; ILB 3
Combine 40: 4.61 seconds
ACCOLADES: McMillan earned significant playing time as a freshman during Ohio State’s national title-winning season in 2014 before becoming the unquestioned starter in the middle for the Buckeyes in 2015. McMillan finished his sophomore year as a finalist for the Butkus Award, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors with 119 tackles. He recorded 102 tackles in 2016 and earned a second-team All-America selection and first-team All-Big Ten honors.
PROJECTED ROUND: Second to third
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans
MCMILLAN SAYS: “I’m a first two day guy, the first two days. Anything past that I’ll be disappointed in myself because I didn’t do as much as I could to help myself on draft day. But any team that takes me it’s just a blessing to be in this position and I’m very thankful for them as an organization.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “McMillan has talent, but there is some debate as to how ready he is for the NFL game. Some see him as a day-one starter at ‘mike’ while others see him as a one- or two-year project before stepping into a starting role. One thing is for sure when watching McMillan – he offers a little bit of everything for the linebacker position but doesn’t really seem to excel at any one thing. There is a high ceiling here but a really low floor as well. McMillan is one of the harder prospects to try and get a round projection on.” – Erick Trickel