1. LB Raekwon McMillan
McMillan is now on his third team in four seasons, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s bereft of value, in fact, Belichick seems to have a thing for bigger linebackers, like Dont’a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy, that can operate between the tackles in an era where putting five or six defensive backs on the field is the norm.
McMillan was a very productive linebacker during his first two seasons in the league in Miami, but was traded to the Raiders before 2020. While he struggled to start consistently, he was able to provide some solid run defense on a Raiders team that didn’t support him with a ton of talent.
Raekwon McMillan could find a home with the Patriots.
Ja’Whaun Bentley has had his moments, but there are times defenses have targeted him in the passing game. Given how McMillan is a better athlete while possessing plenty of functional strength and the ability to quickly read and react, he could end up taking his snaps away.
Sure, McMillan was ditched by a Miami defense that runs plenty of concepts that originated in New England, but copies will always underperform the original, and Belichick being able to coach up the legendary Ohio State linebacker could help him look more like the player the Dolphins thought he would be out of college.