Jerron McMillian 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

Jerron McMillian

Jerron McMillian

1) Introduction:  Packers safety Jerron McMillian entered his second season with high hopes of taking hold of the team’s second starting safety spot opposite Morgan Burnett.  The team also apparently had those same hopes, as general manager Ted Thompson chose not to address the safety position in the draft nor in free agency.  After a rookie season in which McMillian flashed some potential in both run support and pass coverage, he severely regressed in 2013.  He was beaten out for the starting safety spot by M.D. Jennings and relegated to special teams duty by mid season.  McMillian was cut in early December for his subpar play and reportedly clashing with some of the coaching staff.

2) Profile:

Jerron McMillian

  • Age: 24
  • Born: 4/2/1989 in Newark, NJ
  • Height: 5’11″
  • Weight: 203
  • College: Maine
  • Rookie Year: 2012
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

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3) Expectations coming into the season:  It would seem that McMillian was the primary reason why Thompson felt he could address other positions during last year’s offseason.  After spending a fourth round draft pick and seeing what McMillian could do in 2012, the team wanted him to win the starting spot over M.D. Jennings and become a regular contributor in the secondary.  They were also hoping that McMillian would continue to progress in his development and flourish in both base and nickel packages.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: McMillian did start at safety to open the season but only because of an injury to Burnett, who wasn’t healthy enough to play.  McMillian missed four tackles in the week one loss to the San Francisco 49ers.  By week three, the Packers had likely already seen enough to know that they had probably misjudged McMillian’s abilities.  They benched him in favor of undrafted and unproven rookie Chris Banjo.  During the week six game at Baltimore, McMillian had his worst showing of the year by allowing two straight long pass plays, one of which went for a score and kept the Ravens in that game.  By week seven, McMillian was relegated to special teams duty.  In early December, McMillian’s true low-light came when the team decided to release him.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success:  Simply stated, McMillian contributed nothing to this year’s Packers team and was easily the most disappointing story in 2013, given what was expected and hoped for.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: N/A

Season Report Card:

(F) Level of expectations met during the season

(F) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  F


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15 Responses to “Jerron McMillian 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. funcrusher says:

    I’m sure this is the easiest grade you’re going to give out. What a disappointment.

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  2. JimR_in_DC says:

    You overrated him, Jason.

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  3. Since '61 says:

    Accurate grade. He’s chucked! Cut him now and move on.
    Thanks, Since ’61

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    • Charlie says:

      Am I reading this incorrectly, or don’t you realize he’s already been cut and they’ve moved on?

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  4. Razer says:

    Not far off the mark. It really perturbs me that TT has been so far off on some of these defensive picks. People scratched their heads when we used a 4th round pick on a guy that most had as a UDFA. Other than Clay Matthews, we have not gotten much talent or bang for the buck with our defensive draft choices. Maybe the best one in the last five years is Sam Shields and he came in through the back door. I am thinking that we need help identifying talent on the defensive side of the ball. Has Ted done anything new with his scouting staff? Yeah, I thought so.

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  5. Scheny Schen says:

    Micah Hyde wasn’t a good pickup? Mike Daniels? Casey Hayward? Jury still out on perry and worthy. Give Danone jones a chance. I expect vast improvement next year. GoPack!

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  6. tim says:

    I agree that we can’t give up on other young players because McMillan sucked. It is distubing that they haven’t been able to find something better at safety, but worthy, Jones, Perry and others need a fair chance. If they are all failures, we have to take a hard look at our scouting, personnel and player development staff.

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  7. brian says:

    I now see why you wanted to give md a d-. D- minus f equals microscopic improvement.

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  8. GBPDAN says:

    So far our top 3 safeties of 2013 have overall grades of D+, D- and F on this site. The D+ may have been to generous. Anyways, thanks Ted! Good job! Can you please not screw up this year at this position

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  9. GBPDAN says:

    The majority of strategy from any offense against a defense comes down to the position of the safeties. Are they playing 2 deep? 1 in the box? etc… This dictates play calling such as run or pass and what type of run or pass. But it doesn’t matter against the Packers D, the opposing offense can do what they want any time because the Packers safeties can’t cover or tackle. I really hope TT fixes this

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  10. GBPDAN says:

    Our safeties can not diagnose a offense and make plays…they do the opposite

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  11. Cow42 says:

    TT should continue to evaluate safeties exactly the way he has been… with one “tweak”…

    After he gets ‘em all graded, he should draft the guy he gave the worst grade to.

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