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Benardrick McKinney | Linebacker

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

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TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Mississippi State redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney "has top 32 potential in the draft."
"I’ve raved about Benardick McKinney since he was a red-shirt freshman at Mississippi State and believe he has top 32 potential in the draft," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney is a "powerful linebacker who forces the action up the field, something that was on display during the Bulldogs victory over LSU two Saturday’s ago," Pauline added. The Mississippi State prospect must prove he’s "effective making plays in reverse and in open space" in his next two games against Texas A&M and Auburn, according to Pauline. Sep 29 - 2:24 PM

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Mississippi State redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney is "one of the top inside linebackers in college football," writes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

McKinney has a crucial matchup on Saturday against LSU, a game in which Davis jokes that the LB "might have to make 20 tackles" to give his team a chance at a victory. "He'll be tested against the deep LSU rushing attack, which features running backs Kenny Hilliard, Terrence Magee, Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams," Davis wrote. "If the Bulldogs' front line does its job and allows McKinney to roam free, he'll have to be involved a lot because LSU, which is inexperienced at quarterback, wants to grind it out on the ground. The front seven of Mississippi State has looked really good in the early going this season, and this will be a very intriguing test for McKinney." The 6-foot-5, 245-pound McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, and has a 34-inch vertical.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 8:17 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Mississippi State redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney's "value lies with his versatility and raw athleticism."

"McKinney's value lies with his versatility and raw athleticism. He lines up all over the field for the Bulldogs, taking snaps at middle linebacker, as well as rushing off either edge," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245 pound McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, and has a 34 inch vertical. The "well-built and fluid athlete" has ideal size and shows "good lateral agility and very impressive acceleration" tracking down ball-carriers from behind, Rang notes. The Bulldogs prospect lead the team with 71 tackles, with seven tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and recovered two fumbles last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 20 - 4:12 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman calls Mississippi State junior Benardrick McKinney "the SEC's most underrated star player."

"Perhaps the SEC's most underrated star player, the NFL scouts know plenty about the 6-5 linebacker's outstanding athleticism," Feldman wrote. The 6-foot-5, 245 pound McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, and has a 34 inch vertical. McKinney was even a former star prep basketball player, and even his high school's starting quarterback his senior year. Last year McKinney came into his own, leading the Bulldogs with 71 tackles, recorded seven tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and recovered two fumbles for the Bulldogs.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 9 - 6:00 PM

Mississippi State junior Benardrick McKinney grades out as Mel Kiper's No. 1 preseason underclassman inside linebacker.

"McKinney has great length and athleticism for the position," Kiper wrote. "He stands at a full 6-5 and will run well. Given his explosiveness and style, there will be debate for some teams about moving him out on the edge." At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty, has been measured at 34 inches, and was a high school QB. Today, he's arguably the SEC's best defender. The NFL is watching closely.
Jun 15 - 4:02 PM

Mississippi State junior OLB Benardrick McKinney runs a 4.5 second forty.

The Tunica product is a rangy 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and a "high-caliber athlete who might -- might -- be the best defensive player in the SEC this fall," opines NFL.com. McKinney's vertical jump has been measured at 34 inches -- is it any surprise that he was a star prep basketball player? -- and he was a QB as recently as his senior year in high school. The NFL will be watching this Bulldogs' defender closely.
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 8:16 PM