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Browns select...David McMillan
DE | (6'3", 262, 4.52) | KANSAS
Strengths: Is quick, fast and athletic. Is at his best on the move. Can be very disruptive as a pass rusher and as a pursuit player versus the run. Has good initial quickness and also shows good COD skills. Will use a lot of double moves as a pass rusher. Has decent closing burst. Is a solid open field tackler that will break down and wrap up in space.
Weaknesses: Has adequate height and improved his bulk (262 pounds) but still lacks ideal size. Lacks lower body strength and the base to hold his ground versus the run. He gets engulfed too easily by bigger OT's and struggles to disengage once reached. He's raw and unpolished. Has inconsistent recognition skills. Needs to learn better technique and improve his hand usage.
Overall: McMillan redshirted in 2000 and was a top reserve defensive end as a redshirt freshman in 2001 before taking over as a fulltime starter as a sophomore in 2002. He finished his junior season in 2003 with 31 total tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks and improved on those totals as a senior in 2004 with 37 total tackles, 13 TFL and seven sacks. McMillan is a durable player that started 36-consecutive games to finish out his career at Kansas. He lacks ideal size and strength, and he's still unpolished in terms of technique and recognition skills. However, he is a good athlete with proven pass rushing ability. McMillan's draft value significantly on the rise after running in the 4.5's at the combine and posting outstanding times/scores in the jumping and agility facets of the workout. McMillan is definitely a developmental prospect that likely will be nothing more than a situational pass rusher and special teams contributor in the NFL but his explosive athletic ability makes him worth the gamble in the final two rounds of the upcoming draft.
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David Mcmillan, DE+OLB, Kansas
Height: 6:02.7 Weight: 246
Overview: David was an All-Midlands selection at Killeen (Tex.) High School as a senior, where he was credited with five quarterback sacks during his final campaign. He began playing football as a safety, but grew out of that position after his prep sophomore year. McMillan also lettered in track at Killeen. He redshirted as a freshman at Kansas and saw action in ten games as a reserve defensive end in 2001, recording 27 tackles (13 solos), two sacks and a forced fumble. He moved into the starting lineup at right defensive end in 2002, going on to start 37 consecutive games. McMillan posted a career-high 55 tackles (32 solos) with three sacks, nine stops for losses and twelve quarterback pressures as a sophomore. David had a sub-par junior campaign as his production dipped. He made 31 tackles (20 solos) with three sacks, six stops for losses, four quarterback pressures, a fumble recovery and an interception in thirteen games. Primed for a banner senior campaign, he fared better than he did the previous season. While he only managed 37 tackles (18 solos) in 2004, he collected a career-high seven sacks and 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage to earn All-Big Twelve Conference honors from the league's coaches. McMillan started 37 of 46 games for the Jayhawks. He collected 150 tackles (83 solos) with fifteen sacks for minus-108 yards, 30 stops for losses of 146 yards and 19 quarter-back pressures. He caused five fumbles and recovered two others, intercepted a pair of passes and deflected three others. His 19 sacks rank seventh on the school's all-time record list. Only Willie Pless (41, 1982-85), Jim Zidd (40, 1977-79), Algie Atkinson (35, 1998-2001), Mike Butler (33, 1973-76) and Nate Dwyer (31, 1998-2001) had more tackles behind the line of scrimmage in a career at Kansas than David's 30.
Analysis: PositivesMcMillan is an undersized right defensive end, with the frame that can fill out to about 270 pounds if he chooses to dedicate to an intense weight training program, something he has been reluctant to do in the past. He struggles to hold his ground at the point of attack due to marginal lower body strength. He is best when coming off the edge. When McMillan has a clear shot into the backfield, he can be very disruptive, evidenced by the way he performed in the 2004 season finale vs. Missouri. He is very comfortable playing on the move, as he uses his hands effectively to free up on stunts to run the play down. He gets too high in his stance working in-line, resulting in blockers locking on and washing him out of the play. McMillan shows very good quickness off the snap and does a better job over a tight end than a tackle, as he looks more comfortable playing on the move. David has a very effective arm-over move that he uses frequently to escape the offensive tackles on the outside. Once he clears the initial blocker, he shows good effort to flush out the quarterback. He is somewhat stiff when attempting to redirect, but can run and chase in pursuit. As a pass rusher, McMillan shows an up field burst to turn the corner. David will give a blocker more shake than bake and does not have great counter moves, but will knife through the pile with his inside rip and swim technique. He has enough sustained speed to get to the quarterback regularly, but has an inconsistent motor that sees him disappear for long stretches during the game. McMillan shows good initial quickness and adequate change of direction agility (some stiffness) to string plays out. He has good rip and swim moves inside, but needs to develop better counter moves. David does not have the lower body strength to anchor vs. the inside running game and lacks good read and reaction skills working in trash. He can jump around blocks to keep from being planted, but once a blocker locks on to him, the battle is quickly over due to poor leg drive and power. He is an effective tackler who strikes with authority, but he needs to have a bead on the ball, as he is a little too stiff to break down plays working in space. He needs to dedicate the effort in the weight room to get bigger and stronger. McMillan also needs to decide if he has the fire and desire to play the game at the next level. He compensates for a lack of size and strength with quickness and movement and has outstanding acceleration to the ball. However, he plays with an inconsistent motor and it is rare when he shows any urgency in his play. David needs to be more physical on every down. If he does, he will be a nice late round find. If not, he will be watching football on television next year.
Agility tests: 4.7 in the 40-yard dash...380-pound bench press...605-pound squat...343-pound power clean...33-inch vertical jump...33-inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands.
High school: Attended Killeen (Tex.) High School, playing football for coach Lee Bridges...All-Midlands Region selection by Prep Star...Credited with six quarterback sacks as a senior...Former free safety who outgrew his position following his sophomore season...Gained a reputation for his effectiveness as a pass rusher...Also lettered in track.
Personal: English major...Born 9/20/81 in Hinesville, Georgia...Resides in Killeen, Texas.
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