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Ohio State's Raekwon McMillan intends to enter 2017 NFL Draft

Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

McMillan announced his decision on Wednesday via Twitter.

McMillan (6-foot-2, 243 pounds) is one of college football's best middle linebackers, a two-year starter for one of the nation's top defenses who also played extensively as a freshman on the Buckeyes' 2014 national championship team. analyst Daniel Jeremiah's preseason evaluation of McMillan likened him to Buffalo Bills 2016 second-round pick Reggie Ragland of Alabama. The junior is especially effective as an inside run stopper, but his speed and coverage skills have helped him develop into an every-down linebacker at OSU. Analyst Bucky Brooks has described McMillan as an impact defender who can make plays between the tackles or on the perimeter.

College underclassmen face a Jan. 16 deadline to apply for early draft eligibility.

McMillan led Ohio State in tackles on the regular season with 87, including five for losses and one sack (Jeremiah's evaluation noted a need for improvement as a blitzer). He also broke up four passes and forced two fumbles for a Buckeyes defense that ranked No. 5 in the nation.

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