Curtis Samuel was excited and Raekwon McMillan overwhelmed when the call each had been waiting years for came through Friday night in the second round of the NFL draft.

For their Ohio State teammate, center Pat Elflein, the 2016 Rimington Award winner, the call came in the third round from the Minnesota Vikings. But for Elflein, it was a natural progression because he was a senior last season.

But Samuel, a hybrid back last season, and McMillan, a two-year starter at middle linebacker, had a lot at stake. Like their teammates Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley — who all went in the first round on Thursday — they opted to apply for the draft with eligibility remaining.

It’s a roll of the dice until the call comes.

“I wasn’t frustrated. I stayed patient through the whole thing,” Samuel said in a conference call with Carolina media. “Then I got a call, they said they were going to draft me. I was real excited. My family and all were excited. So it was a great moment, being with everybody else.”

McMillan, on the other hand, grew emotional a couple of times when speaking with Miami media.

“It’s just amazing,” McMillan said. “All this hard work has finally come into play and it’s time to get back to work. It’s just a blessing. I’ve been through a lot in my life.”

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said he and other in Miami’s front office had a different impression of McMillan’s reaction when they called him with the news. He spoke of McMillan being “flat line” in his response, which had been his regular demeanor through the process, and of how his smarts and leadership had made him one of the OSU coach Urban Meyer’s favorite players.

“I think for him it’s probably, all his hard work, the culmination of everything probably hit him,” Grier said. “Because when we talked to him I was telling him, ‘Get excited man.’ And he was like ‘Yes sir. I’m real excited to come to Miami.’ ”

Samuel was the second player taken overall by the Panthers, who obviously were intent on replenishing their playmaker list after losing receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Corey Brown, two former Ohio State players. They took Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, who set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards in 2015, in the first round and Samuel — the only player in the country to top 700 yards in both rushing and receiving in 2016 — in the second.

"It's going to be a great offense,” said Samuel, who sees himself as a slot receiver, McCaffrey as a running back. “He is a terrific player. We complement each other well. I'm excited.”

The Vikings, with Rick Spielman — brother of former OSU All-America linebacker Chris Spielman — as general manager, traded up nine spots in the third round to get in position to take Elflein.

Elflein said the Vikings haven't told him whether he will play guard or center, but that didn't seem as important to him as simply getting that call.

"I'm going to go to work every day, do my best and do everything I can to help the team," Elflein said.

The last four rounds of the draft will be conducted today, starting at noon.