Jerome Baker Selected By Miami Dolphins With The No. 73 Overall Pick In The 2018 NFL Draft

By Dan Hope on April 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm
Jerome Baker

Jerome Baker and Raekwon McMillan are set to be reunited in the Miami Dolphins' linebacker corps.

One year after the Dolphins selected McMillan with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, they drafted his teammate on Friday night, selecting Baker with the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft.

As captured in a video posted to Ohio State's official Twitter account, the selection was an emotional moment for Baker and his family.

McMillan, meanwhile, took to Twitter to express his excitement about the reunion.

Jerome Baker was the fourth Buckeye selected in this year's NFL draft, following Denzel Ward, Billy Price and Tyquan Lewis. He was the first of two Buckeyes selected in Thursday's third round, followed just four picks later by the Cincinnati Bengals drafting Sam Hubbard.

A two-year starter for the Buckeyes at outside linebacker, Baker declared for the draft after his junior season at Ohio State, in which he led the Buckeyes with 72 total tackles. Baker is one of the most athletic linebackers in this year's draft class, running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Baker is the fourth Ohio State linebacker drafted in the past three years, joining McMillan in 2017 and Darron Lee (first round, No. 20 overall, New York Jets) and Joshua Perry (fourth round, No. 102 overall, Los Angeles Chargers) in 2016.

With McMillan expected to start at middle linebacker for the Dolphins in 2018 after missing his rookie season with a torn ACL, Baker should have an opportunity to compete with Stephone Anthony for an immediate starting spot at outside linebacker alongside McMillan and Kiko Alonso.

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