With the 54th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft the Miami Dolphins have selected linebacker Raekwon McMillan fromOhio State Buckeyes. McMillan, 6’2/240 pounds, contributed for a total of 221 tackles, 11 for loss, and 3.5 sacks during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The middle linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes is one of the highly-rated inside linebackers of the draft. He is viewed as an intelligent linebacker who has the ability to shed blocks and maintains enough range to become a 3-down linebackers for the Dolphins.
Recently-signed free agent linebacker Lawrence Timmons currently occupies the team’s middle linebacker position, so McMillan will most likely surpass Koa Misi and Neville Hewitt as the Dolphins new outside linebacker.
Raekwon Mcmillan adds talent to a Dolphins linebacking core that has gotten worse and worse as a rush defense(ranked 30th in 2016) ever since the departures of Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett in the 2013 off-season.
Here is Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein’s assessment of the Dolphins 54th overall pick...
At 6’1, 200 pounds, the former Tiger intercepted 5 passes, had 9 defenses, and gained 48 tackles as a junior in 2015. In his senior season, Tankersley had 4 interceptions, 11 passes defensed, and 52 tackles.
The Dolphins have 3rd-year veteran Tony Lippett and 2016 2nd-rounder Xavien Howard as starters on the outside, and Bobby McCain and Byron Maxwell at nickel. McCain and Maxwell so far have not been difference makers for Miami. Tankersley could be an upgrade at the 3rd cornerback spot. His ball production and size are intriguing. He also fits the CB prototype of former Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph’s defense, now taken over by promoted linebacker’s coach-- Matt Burke.
“He’s got a lot of stuff that we like, there’s tremendous upside.”—Dolphins GM Chris Grier
Here is NFL.com’s Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein’s assessment…