Raekwon McMillan is a Miami Dolphin.

The team’s general manager Chris Grier said he made that point several times to the Ohio State linebacker during a call Friday night informing him he was the 22nd pick in the second round of the NFL draft and the 54th overall.

“For him it’s probably, (after) 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, ‘Yessir. I’m real excited to come to Miami.’ … It was one of those where we got off the phone and he was just completely calm. … It was like, ‘I’m ready to go. Let’s go.’”

McMillan indicated that he was overwhelmed by the news as he spent the evening watching the draft with family and friends.

“It’s just amazing,” McMillan said on a conference call with Miami media. “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.”

McMillan, like the four other Buckeyes picked before him so far in this draft — first-rounders Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley, and second-rounder Curtis Samuel — opted to leave with eligibility remaining. Going into the 2016 season he had been projected as a possible first-rounder, but slipped in the ratings as the season ensued.

ESPN analyst Todd McShay offered some of the reasoning for that headed into the draft.

“He’s a tough run defender, and every time you turn on the tape this guy is making plays all over the field,” McShay said of McMillan. “Probably underrated for what he did for that Ohio State defense the last two years — I thought he got better and better each year.

“Now, it’s always going to be that question of what can he do for you on passing downs, and this is a league now that went from two-thirds being the run game where you’re on the field for two plays (in a set) if you can’t cover or rush the quarterback, to flip-flopping where now it’s just the opposite.”

McMillan ran well at the NFL combine in February, though, and excelled during the OSU pro day workouts in March. Grier said that in the Dolphins’ draft room, he was the top player left on their board when they made the pick.

“We think he can run, we like his play speed,” Grier said. “It’s evident when you watch him on tape, he makes a lot of plays to the outside, too. So we’re comfortable playing him wherever he has to play for us.”

He said they were impressed just as much or more by his smarts and leadership abilities, things that were pointed out to them by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer during the evaluation process.

“He’s a very calm, flat-line person. Nothing is too big for him,” Grier said. He added, “We do anticipate him making an impact.”