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Benardrick McKinney | Linebacker

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 245

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Texans traded up to select Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
McKinney (6'4/246) made 36 starts at middle linebacker for Mississippi State, piling up 19.5 TFLs, 7.5 sacks, and six fumble recoveries before turning pro. He was a second-team All American in 2014. McKinney showed standout athleticism at the Combine, running 4.66 with a freakish 40 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. McKinney may be too stiff to excel in pass coverage in the NFL, but has drawn comparisons to Dont'a Hightower for his aggressive downhill nature and A-gap blitzing skills. McKinney will indeed play the Hightower role in Romeo Crennel's defense, alongside Brian Cushing at inside linebacker. May 1 - 8:09 PM

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