Jerron McMillan was shocked when he received an invitation to Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine; so much, in fact, he called a combine official to confirm there wasn't a mistake. The official assured him there was no mistake and Jerron made the most of the opportunity by running a 4.36 second 40 yard dash. Now the University of Maine strong safety finds himself as a candidate to replace three-time Pro Bowler Nick Collins.
Despite serving as team captain and earning all-state honors his senior year, Jerron was left without any major Division 1 offers. Lucky for him, the coaches at Maine actively recruit players who have no received scholarship offers from other programs and decided to take a shot on Jerron. By his senior year, Jerron was the team's unquestioned leader on defense and regarded as one of the best small-school safeties in the country. McMillan lived up to the hype his senior season, finishing with 92 tackles, 3 sacks and a College Sports News All-American honorable mention.
Like many other players in the NFL, Jerron likes to rock the long hair look. He knows his flowing dreads, which go down to his lower back, gives opponent something to grab at; yet he can't bring himself to do away with them. Only time will tell if McMillan's game is closer to Troy Polamalu or Atari Bigby, but one thing that's for sure is no position on the Packers' roster is more unsettled than safety. Packer fans can only hope Jerron, and his locks, are here to stay.