Buffalo Bills Select Matt Milano in 2017 NFL Draft
April 29, 2017
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Buffalo Bills selected Boston College linebacker Matt Milano in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday. Milano was the second BC player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft after defensive back John Johnson was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday by the Los Angeles Rams.
Milano became the 210th BC player in school history to be selected in the NFL or AFL Draft. Milano was selected with the 163rd pick overall in the draft.
Since 1980, Boston College had had at least one player drafted every year except 2005 and 2013. The Eagles have had multiple players selected in the NFL Draft in four consecutive years.
Milano is the second BC linebacker in two years to be taken in the NFL Draft after Steven Daniels was selected by the Washington Redskins in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Florida native is the 11th player selected in the NFL Draft under Steve Addazio at Boston College.
Milano is the fifth player all-time from Boston College selected by the Bills organization in the NFL Draft. The last player from Boston College selected by the Bills was offensive guard John Schmeding in the third round of the 1980 NFL Draft.
Milano played in 50 career games for Boston College and ended his career with 141 tackles, including 31.5 tackles-for-loss. Milano totaled 14 career sacks and recorded one interception, which he returned 30 yards for a touchdown in the 30-0 win over UConn in 2016.
In 2016, Milano earned All-ACC honorable mention honors as he started all 13 games en route to being named the William J. Flynn Team MVP.
Milano was a key part of a BC defense that ranked on eight top-10 lists nationally, including ninth in total defense (314.2 yards/game), second in sacks (3.62 sacks/game) and 10th in turnovers gained (27).
Boston College’s NFL Draft Picks Under Steve Addazio
3, 91, John Johnson, S, Los Angeles Rams
5, 163, Matt Milano, LB, Buffalo Bills
3, 98, Justin Simmons, S, Denver Broncos
7, 232, Steven Daniels, LB, Washington Redskins
6, 190, Ian Silberman, OL, San Francisco 49ers
7, 208, Andy Galik, C, Tennessee Titans
7, 237, Brian Mihalik, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
4, 113, Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
4, 132, Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Seattle Seahawks
7, 229, Nate Freese, K, Detroit Lions
7, 243, Kaleb Ramsey, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Matt Milano Bio
2016 (SENIOR): Voted All-ACC honorable mention by the league head coaches and conference media … 31.5 tackles for a loss of 162 yards in career, ninth in BC history… also earned Pro Football Focus All-ACC First Team accolades … named BC’s William J. Flynn MVP recipient … started all 13 games at SAM linebacker … fourth on the Eagles with 58 total tackles, including 41 unassisted … tied for third on the team with 11 tackles for a loss of 62 yards … second on the team with 6.5 sacks for a loss of 53 yards … also recorded one interception, two pass breakups, one quarterback hurries and the third blocked punt of career … part of the defense that ranked on eight top-10 lists, including ninth in total defense (314.2 yards/game), second in sacks (3.62 sacks/game) and 10th in turnovers gained (27) … BC defense tied the school record with eight sacks twice, at Massachusetts (Sept. 10) and vs. Maryland (Dec. 26) and recorded at least 10 tackles-for-loss four times … BC’s 47 sacks on the season tied the school record set in 1994 … tallied seven tackles, including two for a loss of 12 yards and a sack for a loss of nine yards against Georgia Tech (Sept. 3) … recorded eight tackles against Massachusetts (Sept. 10), including one sack and 2.5 tackles-for- loss … notched another eight tackles at Virginia Tech (Sept. 17), including five solo stops … blocked third career punt against Buffalo (Oct. 1) … recorded five tackles against Clemson (Oct. 5) … recorded fifth sack of the season while tacking on seven tackles in the win at NC State (Oct. 29) … tallied seven tackles against Louisville (Nov. 5) while tying a season high in TFLs with 2.5 … registered first career interception against Connecticut (Nov. 19), returning the pick 19 yards for a touchdown … notched three tackles, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of 12 yards, and a fumble recovery in the Quick Lane Bowl victory over Maryland (Dec. 26).
2015 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, starting 11 at strong side linebacker … selected to the Pro Football Focus honorable mention All-America team … earned a place on the Coaches and Phil Steele All-ACC Third Teams and claimed ACSMA All-ACC Honorable Mention honors … totaled 60 tackles, tied for fifth most on the team, including 48 solo stops … led the team with 6.5 sacks (45 yards lost) and 17.5 tackles for a loss (81 yards) … had three pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … added two blocked kicks … his 17.5 TFLs were tied for 21st nationally, while his 81 TFL yards were tied for 25th nationally … ranked 18th nationally with 1.46 TFL per game and was tied for seventh nationally in blocked kicks (2) … in ACC rankings, he was tied for sixth with 17.5 TLFs … had a career-high two sacks vs. Maine (Sept. 5), part of his four-tackle afternoon … blocked BC’s first punt since 2013 in the victory against Howard (Sept. 12) … added another blocked punt against Northern Illinois (Sept. 26), and added four tackles with 1.5 TFLs … set a career-high nine tackles, including a career-high three for a loss, and a sack in loss at Duke (Oct. 3) … recorded his first-career forced fumble – on the Demon Deacon’s 11-yard line with less than one minute to play – and added four tackles against Wake Forest (Oct. 10) … tallied seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss (12 yards) with a sack, at No. 5/6 Clemson (Oct. 17) … collected five tackles and combined for 1.5 sacks at Louisville (Oct. 24) … matched his career high with nine tackles – including six solo stops – with two TFLs (including a sack) against Virginia Tech (Oct. 31) … collected five solo tackles, including two TLFs, plus a forced fumble, a fumble recovery of 13 yards and a pass breakup against No. 5/4 Notre Dame (Nov. 21) … made four solo stops and broke up a pass in season finale at Syracuse (Nov. 28).
2014 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 12 games … registered 18 tackles, including 15 solo tackles, and three tackles for a loss of 19 yards … played in 293 plays, including 200 on special teams … member of the BC defense that ranked second in the nation, allowing just 94.5 rushing yards per game … registered a career-high five tackles, including four solo stops and first career sack for a loss of three yards, in the win against No. 9 Southern California (Sept. 13) … tallied two tackles (one solo) and recovered a fumble at Virginia Tech (Nov. 1) … recorded four solo tackles, including one for a loss of a yard, against Louisville (Nov. 8) … notched a tackle for a 15-yard loss at Florida State (Nov. 22) … made four unassisted tackles and recovered a fumble against Penn State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27).
2013 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 13 games as a true freshman … finished the season with five tackles, including four solo tackles … notched two tackles against NC State (Nov. 16) … made collegiate debut in the team’s season-opening home win over Villanova (Aug. 31).
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned Orlando Sentinel and Brighthouse Sports Network Central Florida Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior … earned 8A all-state first-team honors … earned All-Metro Conference honors and Florida Athletic Coaches Association District 10 (Orange, Osceola counties) All-District honors in 2012 … served as team captain … registered 100 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior … earned 8A all-state third-team honors as a junior … played for head coach Rodney Wells.
PERSONAL: Matthew Vincent Milano … enrolled as an applied psychology and human development major in the Lynch School of Education … recipient of the Westerman Family Flynn Fund Scholar-Athlete … Matt and his siblings, Gina and Michael, are the children of Janet and Mike Milano.
Season GP UA A TOT TFL SACKS INT FF/FR
2013 13 4 1 5 0.0 0 0 0/0
2014 12 15 3 18 3.0-19 1.0-3 0 0/2
2015 12 48 12 60 17.5-81 6.5-45 0 2/1
2016 13 41 17 58 11.0-62 6.5-53 1-19 0/2
Career 50 108 33 141 31.5-162 14.0-101 1-19 2/5