“It just comes back in the top three rounds or not in the top three rounds,” Millard said.
“I was not in the top three.”
As a fullback, though, Millard (6-feet-2, 256 pounds) is in a unique position; he’s not likely to be selected very high because of the position he plays, so there might not be as much incentive for him to return for his senior season as fellow juniors Kenny Stills, Tony Jefferson or Aaron Colvin, who also might declare for this year’s draft.
“You can’t really move up as far as the first round,” Millard said. “Knowing your best grade isn’t the same as other people get. You have to take that into account. I have been thinking about it. I’ll just have to go from there.”
Millard has been used as a jack-of-all-trades at Oklahoma; he’s played a more blocking fullback role, while also showing the ability to run with and catch the football.
He said he’s heard different possibilities for where he might be used in the NFL.
“Some people say that I’ll play more of a running back,” Millard said. “I’ve heard a bunch of different things, more of a W or a tight end that doesn’t necessarily have his hand down on the line.
“I think that comes with how whatever team would use me. Obviously it’s their decision on where to put me. You don’t really know. You can only speculate until you get there.”
Millard said he’s on track to graduate next December.
When asked what incentive he has to stay, Millard said, “The degree. Going through my senior year with a class and a group of guys I came in with. Try to win a national championship, win another Big 12 championship. Be one of the few classes to beat Texas four years in a row. Go up and play Notre Dame. Those are all reasons to stay.”
He also said the chance to play a season with Blake Bell at quarterback would factor into his decision. Bell and Millard came to Oklahoma in the same recruiting class and are roommates.
“He’s one of my best friends,” Millard said. “Just being with him, and if he gets that job, which it looks like he might … But just to be with him would be huge.”