04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 4/133 -- Jerron McMillian, S, 5-11, 203, Maine...The mid-round pick caught the late-round hopeful by surprise. Packers sold on his upside, however, as a big hitter in the box with decent ball skills on the back end. - The Sports Xchange
A quarterback and safety at Hillside High School in New Jersey, McMillian was an all-state player who also played basketball and was an honor roll student.
Lightly recruited, McMillian headed to Maine and was redshirted by the Bears in 2007. He played in 11 games the following season, including his first career start at strong safety.
McMillian became a fulltime starter in 2009, registering 55 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss while finishing third in the CAA with five interceptions. He was second-team all-conference as a junior with 58 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two picks as a junior.
He continued his ascent with a first-team all-conference senior season, finishing fifth in the CAA among defensive backs with 88 tackles, including 10.5 for loss to go with five pass breakups and an interception.
McMillian scored an invitation to the scouting combine, where he ran an impressive 4.56-second 40-yard dash and had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump. He improved both numbers at his pro day, including a staggering 4.35 40 and a 39-inch vertical.
Strengths: Explosive athlete with foot speed to cover a large area. Fearless player with aggressive mentality. Welcomes contact and has a violent streak too him. Tenacious attitude and loves the game of football. Tough and gritty. Three-year starter at strong safety. Natural leadership intangibles on and off the field. Hates to leave the field. Fluid and agile footwork. Productive player.
Weaknesses: Plays uncoordinated and needs to tighten his angles. Doesn't always play smart, overaggressive and misses assignments. Instincts are very average and appears to be guessing too much. Too much of a hitter and doesn't wrap consistently to finish. Strength is good, but not great, and needs help to complete tackles at times. Plays a bit stiff and struggles to flip his hips and stick with receivers in coverage. Does have some off-field concerns that need investigated.