Raekwon McMillan is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).
He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and has also played for the Las Vegas Raiders. He played college football at Ohio State.
McMillan received an invitation to the NFL Combine and completed all the combine and positional drills. He also participated at Ohio State’s highly anticipated pro day but opted to only run positional drills.
Seven general managers and nine head coaches attended Ohio State’s pro day to scout McMillan and ten other prospects.
McMillan had private workouts and visits with 11 teams that included the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, and New Orleans Saints.
The majority of NFL draft experts and analysts projected McMillan to be selected in the second or third round. He was ranked the second-best inside linebacker in the draft by NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, the third-best inside linebacker by NFLDraftScout.com, the fifth-best linebacker by Sports Illustrated, and was ranked the tenth-best linebacker in the draft by ESPN.
McMillan entered the 2019 season as the Dolphins starting middle linebacker. He played in 13 games before suffering a hamstring injury in Week 15. He was placed on injured reserve on December 17, 2019.
On August 29, 2020, McMillan was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders, along with a 2021 fifth-round draft pick, for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick, which they eventually re-acquired in a trade for Lynn Bowden
On March 19, 2021, McMillan signed with the New England Patriots. He suffered a torn ACL in practice and was placed on injured reserve on August 7, 2021. He signed a one-year contract extension through 2022 on September 27, 2021.