Meeting New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick can be an intimidating thing. Raekwon McMillan of Ohio State surely thinks so.
With the NFL Draft about a month away, the New England Patriots are visiting colleges for their Pro Days. Sometimes a Pro Day can be a better indication for coaches to judge compared to the NFL Combine.
While the Combine shows the physical tools of a player, Pro Days can be set up to show how they perform on the field. So far this offseason, Bill Belichick has been very active in visiting college Pro Days. Even though the Patriots don’t currently have a pick in the first or second round, that could change prior to the draft.
Recently, Belichick was at Ohio State’s Pro Day. As one of the best college teams last season, Ohio State has some talented players on their team. One of the players that got a chance to meet with Belichick was linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Despite being on one of the best college teams in the nation, McMillan was nervous to meet Belichick.
"“When you first meet him, you’re scared,” McMillan said on WBZ via Kevin Duffy of Masslive.com. “He’s quizzing you. It’s like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it’s pretty cool. They’re real down to earth people. Really cool.”"
With a few talented players in the secondary for Ohio State likely to be first round draft picks, McMillian will likely be a 2nd round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. According to CBSSports.com, McMillian is ranked as the 47th overall prospect in the NFL Draft.
Even though the Patriots aren’t currently in a position to take McMillian, that didn’t stop Belichick from meeting with him. The Patriots are doing a lot of homework on players that they currently don’t have the draft picks to acquire. With that in mind, don’t be surprised to see the Patriots back into the early round for a player they like.