1. He's got plenty of experience. Milano played as a true freshman for the Boston College Eagles, appearing in 13 games. For his career, he appeared in 50 games, registering 140 career tackles (32.5 for losses), 14 sacks, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception. Milano won Boston College's William J. Flynn MVP award in 2016 after having 58 tackles (11 for losses), 6.5 sacks, one interception and a blocked punt.
He was a first-team All Atlantic Coast Conference selection by Pro Football Focus, and was an honorable mention choice among the media and conference's coaches. In 2015, he was third-team All-ACC among the media and coaches, and honorable mention by PFF.
"Looking for speed on the field," Bills coach Sean McDermott said. "Smart, tough football player. Productive. Shows an ability to blitz and effect the quarterback, so we felt good about Matt."
2. He stood out at the NFL Scouting Combine. Milano did 24 reps on the bench press, which was tied for third among linebackers, and jumped 10 feet, 6 inches in the broad jump, which was fourth at his position. His nfl.com scouting report has a quote from an AFC team that says, "I love watching him on tape. You just know he wishes he we were bigger so he could hit even harder. He's not as good as Brian Cushing, but that's the same kind of mentality he plays with."
Milano played some safety, but is expected to be at linebacker with the Bills.
3. He had a decorated high school career. Milano grew up in Orlando, Fla., and won the Orlando Sentinel and Brighthouse Sports Network Central Florida Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. He was an 8A all-state first-team selection and was a team captain, making 100 tackles (18 for loss) and three sacks. He returned home to work out for the draft at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
4. He should be a special-teams contributor right away. Milano blocked three punts during his time with the Eagles, including one against the University at Buffalo.
"I’ve been playing special teams all of college," Milano said. "It’s something I love doing. I love running down on a kickoff. I love kickoff returns. I love all the aspects of special teams – everything. So I’m definitely looking forward to getting started there on special teams."
5. Bills coach Sean McDermott has had success with a Boston College linebacker before. That would be Luke Kuechly, who in 2013 won the AP Defensive Player of the Year. BC also produced Mark Herzlich, an outside linebacker who has had a six-year career with the New York Giants.
"I’ve met him a couple of times around," Milano said of Kuechly. "Yeah, I mean, he’s a great linebacker who played under coach, so I’m excited to get working."
The Bills haven't selected a player from Boston College since 1980, when they took guard John Schmeding. He lasted only a year in Buffalo. The year before that, the Bills had better luck from BC, when they drafted defensive tackle Fred Smerlas, an eventual Wall of Famer.