Round 3 (2 picks): Haason Reddick, LB, Temple and Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
Under head coach Matt Rhule, the Temple Owls seem to become the feel good story each year of his tenure. From beating in-state powerhouse, Penn State for the first time in 74 years to their first bowl game win since 1978, higher expectations were the norm in North Philadelphia.
With Rhule moving on to fix an embattled Baylor program, Haason Reddick will look to follow in the footsteps of NFL players, Muhammad Wilkerson and Taylor Matakevich. Reddick’s talents lie in his ability to fall back into coverage from the linebacker position. His ability to be fluid on the field, will be essential for the undersized Reddick, who will need to add weight to handle the rigors of the NFL season.
Mike Maccagnan was sold on the talents of one Ohio State linebacker last year, could another one to pair with Darron Lee be on the way? Raekwon McMillan, Lee’s former Buckeye teammate, could join his linebacking corp mate once again if he is a choice of Gang Green.
McMillan, like Lee, has that downhill gear that coupled with his on-the-field instincts makes him a tackling force. Raekwon could cook up the consistency that Jets’ brass look for, as in the case of current linebacker, David Harris. If Harris becomes a cap casualty, a Lee-McMillan reunion, isn’t out of the question.