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Player Display Name: 
Takkarist McKinley

Outside linebacker
School: UCLA | Conference: PAC 12
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2 / 250 | 40: 4.59 | DRAFT YR:2017


Projected Round
Junior college transfer who started two seasons with UCLA and was named First Team All-Pac-12 in 2016, finishing second in the conference with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Made 61 tackles with three forced fumbles and six pass breakups. Tallied 35 tackles (7.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior in 2015. Played sparingly in 2014 after transferring.
Explosive pass-rushing college defensive end who offers possibilities standing over tackle. Forceful up the field, displays great speed off the edge and beats blockers with an incredible first step. Fires off the snap, consistently plays with proper pad level and gets a lot of momentum going upfield. Explosive and knocks big tackles back off the line of scrimmage. Works his hands well, easily changes direction and displays speed moving to every area of the field. Tough to knock off his feet, shows ability pursuing the action laterally and chases downfield to make the play.
Easily disrupted by blocks or taken from his angle of attack if he does not get the first step on opponents. Slow locating the ball and comes with questionable instincts.
McKinley was a tremendous pass rusher at UCLA and a defender constantly making plays behind the line of scrimmage. He’s a supreme athlete who must get bigger and stronger to complete his game, but he could develop into a dynamic pass rusher on Sundays.