Overview: Benardrick McKinney is a red-shirt Junior from Mississippi State. Started off playing quarterback in high school and was later converted into a linebacker once he played in college. He lead Mississippi State in tackles in 2013 and 2014.
Strengths: Versatile, can play inside and outside linebacker. Great at blitzing and can contribute on special teams. Has the ideal size for a starting linebacker in the NFL. A strong, powerful player. Great speed and a decent tackler who can make plays. Solid, gets the job done. Great against the run. Explosive.
Weaknesses: Has to work on being better at pass protection. Footwork can be an issue, at times fails to recognizes the opposing team’s plays causing him to misstep. Not aggressive.
My NFL Comparison: Dallas Cowboy’s linebacker Rolando McClain. Why McClain? Both McKinney and McClain both are similar in size and have similar play making abilities to one another. These two are great athlete who are both explosive and can make the plays. Their solid and get the job done.
Projected Round (2015): A 2nd round draft pick.
Bottom Line: He is a great athlete who can make a large impact for NFL team in need of another starting linebacker to complete their defense. He has the tools and the intangibles to be a day one starter, he can moved to different positions on defense. His perfect fit is with a coach that likes to blitz.