1) Introduction: Packers safety Jerron McMillian was the second of Green Bay’s two fourth round draft picks in 2012 (133rd overall). When the team lost safety Nick Collins in 2011, it quickly became a position of need for the Packers. Charles Woodson would move back to safety, but the team needed some young talent to infuse for the future. Enter McMillian who, much like Collins, was a Packers draft pick from a small school and a guy the team was hoping was a diamond in the rough. McMillian was drafted for his football smarts and ability to be equally as effective against the pass and in run support.
- Age: 23
- Born: 4/2/1989 in Newark, NJ
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 203
- College: Maine
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 1 year
3) Expectations coming into the season: The team knew they had both Woodson and Morgan Burnett as starters at safety so McMillian was not immediately expected to start. Heading into training camp, the team likely wasn’t sure what they had in the rookie from Maine. He proved a quick study and was sharing reps with M.D. Jennings on second team defense during the offseason. By the end of training camp, the team had already inserted McMillian into the defensive game planning for the upcoming regular season.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: McMillian’s highlights came early in the 2012 season. He put together his two best weeks back-to-back in weeks two and three. He scored well in both, according to Pro Football Focus. He showed great run support ability in the week two win over the Chicago Bears. In week three at Seattle, McMillian had what would have been a likely “dagger” interception late in the game, but the play was nullified due to a penalty. Despite how that game ended, McMillian put together another strong performance and was already paying dividends for the Packers having taken him earlier than most teams would have. McMillian trailed off a bit, however and put up his two worst games against the Minnesota Vikings. Having been solid in run support, McMillian struggled along with the rest of the defense in containing Adrian Peterson. Peterson is a special back and can make the best of them look foolish trying to tackle him. Hopefully McMillian learns from the experience and the film during the offseason.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: McMillian was a role player for the Packers in 2012 and did a solid job, considering the circumstances when Woodson went down and how much a team can realistically expect from a fourth round pick. The team won the games in which Jerron played his best (except Seattle, but I digress) so it’s safe to say that he was certainly a strong supporter of the team’s better efforts this season.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: McMillian played just five total snaps in the postseason and was a non factor in either game.
Season Report Card:
(B+) Level of expectations met during the season
(B+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: B+