Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney is the type of "dedicated player coaches love, although somebody must decide where he will best fit in the NFL -- inside linebacker, outside linebacker or maybe defensive end," noted NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.
McKinney (6-foot-4 1/8, 246 pounds) ran a 4.66 forty at the combine, though he hoisted up only 16 reps on the bench. "I think I'm a football player. You've got to do those (workouts) to stay healthy and stay on top of your game, but I'm a better football player than a track star," said McKinney. McKinney, who recorded 243 total tackles and 7.5 sacks over his college career, has been "drawing strong interest from the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Jets," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported recently. Concluded Cooney: "He is still improving his ability to diagnose offenses, but McKinney's explosive speed compensates for any milliseconds lost while reading and reacting. Although not a vicious hitter, McKinney fearlessly takes on lead blockers, often creating a play-ending pile even if he doesn't get the tackle."