Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney grades out as NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein's No. 2 linebacker.

The analyst compares him to Brian Cushing. McKinney has also been compared to Dont'a Hightower. "Productive, steady performer in the middle with above-average size and length for the position but below-average agility," Zierlein wrote. "McKinney plays within the scheme and finds himself near the play frequently. He plays with strength and has an ability to take on offensive linemen and get downhill to finish his tackles. McKinney looks like an above-average NFL inside linebacker who could become part of a really good defense. He lacks star-making talent, though." 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. He led MSU in tackles in 2014 and 2013 and was named First Team All-SEC and Second Team All-American in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 1:59 AM

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."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 8:00 PM

Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney is visiting the 49ers, Cowboys, Broncos and Texans, per TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound McKinney was quite productive in his time at Mississippi State. McKinney recorded 243 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, and one forced fumble during his college career. The Mississippi State prospect has the ideal size and length for the position at the next level, but gets knocked for being a possible liability in the passing game. McKinney shows a nose for the football and possess good speed and athleticism for his size. To improve his stock, McKinney will have to prove to evaluators that he's more than just a two-down thumper.
Mar 17 - 2:54 PM

Miss State LB Benardrick McKinney is visiting the Eagles on Monday and Tuesday, per Tony Pauline.

This counts as one of the Eagles' 30 allotted in-house visits. McKinney's NFL projection is an interesting one. He's an old school thumper at middle linebacker, but might be able to stay on the field as a drop linebacker at the line of scrimmage in an odd man front. He will likely be selected in the top two rounds.
Mar 16 - 10:40 AM

Miss State WR De'Runnya Wilson was arrested on marijuana charges on Friday.

Wilson and three other men were charged with possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. The four were driving to a friend's 21st birthday and told police they could not pass a drug test when pulled over at 9:00 p.m. Wilson is Miss State's top offensive prospect.
Mar 14 - 11:52 AM

Mississippi State DE Preston Smith's "star is on the ascent at the right time, which could make the lightly-recruited, former two-star prep into a second-round steal in the NFL draft," observed NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Somewhere during the 2013 season, Smith put together his ample size and athleticism to consistently disrupt offenses from the outside, the middle and even dropping into coverage," Cooney wrote. "He uses long, strong arms and big, menacing hands while barging into the backfield, often despite double-team attention." Smith collected 134 tackles, 27 TFL and 16 sacks across his collegiate career, creating seven turnovers (five fumbles, two interceptions). "A lot of teams want me to be faster off the ball and show quick-twitch movement so I can use my explosion on the field and play consistent," Smith said when asked what he can do to improve.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 12 - 7:55 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott was assaulted at a recent Waka Flocka concert in Florida.

MSU defensive end Torrey Dale and quarterback Damian Williams, traveling on spring break with Prescott, were also present at the time of the attack. Details are sparse, but Prescott was apparently hit with a bottle in the head. Maroonandwhitenation.com has provided a few additional updates: "Sources confirm Dak was backed into a corner and surrounded, then jumped by a fairly large number of people. Reason is unknown." Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com tweeted that Prescott's "brother tells me he’s doing fine." Prescott enters next season as a Heisman frontrunner.
Mar 9 - 11:47 PM

Mississippi State DE Preston Smith impressed an NFL scout at Thursday's pro day.

"Smith showed impressive agility and strength throughout the defensive line drills and showed some body control when changing directions while dropping and even catching passes," CBS Sports' Rob Rang gleaned from the evaluator. Smith is having a heck of an offseason. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote after the combine that his "arrow is pointed up for me," and TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported that NFL teams "came away very impressed with the versatility" Smith displayed at Wednesday's pro day.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 11:15 PM

Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney showed "light feet and quick, heavy hands" during pass rush drills at his pro day, according to an NFL scout.

"[Those are] traits that have scouts from 3-4 and 4-3 teams alike intrigued," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound McKinney 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.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 9:59 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports that NFL teams "came away very impressed with the versatility" Mississippi State EDGE/DL Preston Smith displayed at Wednesday's pro day.

"He was quick and fast off the edge in defensive line drills and also fluid in linebacker drills," Pauline wrote. The analyst added that Smith has scheduled meetings with the Cleveland Browns and four additional teams. The 6-foot-4 7/8, 271-pounder led the Bulldogs with nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss in 2014. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Smith to Malik Jackson.
Mar 5 - 12:13 AM

Mississippi State FB/TE/H-back Malcolm Johnson "drew rave reviews from scouts" at Wednesday's pro day, noted TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"The senior, who posted 28 receptions for 380 yards and three scores in 2014, looked terrific catching the ball and had some drawing comparisons to 9-year veteran Delanie Walker," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Johnson spent time at both receiver and tight end as a Bulldog. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that Johnson "possesses good hands and a knack for the big play."
Mar 4 - 11:32 PM

Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney "looked good in pass-rush drills" at Wednesday's pro day, noted TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The analyst reported earlier that McKinney met with the New York Jets, who reportedly have great interest in the Bulldog prospect and have a potential ILB vacancy with David Harris testing free agency. Connecting the dots a bit more, New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers was on hand to watch McKinney's workout. Almost 30 teams in all were represented at the scouting event.
Mar 4 - 9:45 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay doesn't think Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney is "a first-rounder based on his tape, instead giving him a second-round grade, but I know some teams like him more than others and it wouldn't surprise me if he snuck into the late first."

McKinney (6-foot-4 1/8, 246 pounds) ran a 4.66 forty at the combine. He added a 40.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump, but his 16 bench reps were meager for an athlete his size. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that McKinney has been "drawing strong interest from the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Jets." Of note, Jet ILB David Harris is a free agent.
Mar 4 - 12:10 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline notes that Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney has a meeting lined up with the New York Jets.

"The Bulldogs' pro day is tomorrow, Wednesday, but I'm already told there will be a crowd on hand for Benardrick McKinney. Nearly a dozen linebacker coaches are expected to watch McKinney, who's been drawing strong interest from the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants,Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Jets, who are meeting with the linebacker for dinner this evening," Pauline wrote. Jets' ILB David Harris -- who led the Jets in tackling the last four years-- is set to be a free agent. The Jets may be interested in Mckinney's combination of size, length and athleticism at the position, and may see him has a possible option to man the middle of their defense.
Mar 3 - 3:19 PM

Mississippi State ILB Benardrick McKinney was compared to Dont'a Hightower by an NFL scout.

"Big, physical guy. I think he can (play every down)," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. McKinney (6-foot-4 1/8, 246 pounds) ran a 4.66 forty at the combine. "I don't know if he's a dinosaur or he's a new-breed backer," another scout said. McKinney's football instincts have been questioned, as has his speed.
Mar 3 - 12:02 AM


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