The Cleveland Browns had four prospects in Berea for visits on Monday, and they’re only allowed 30 total. We talked about the two running backs and one defensive back in town earlier, but the fourth prospect was UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley.
One more with the Browns today: UCLA LB Takkarist McKinley. Cook, McKinley, Mixon, Wilson among Cleveland's allotted 30 in-house visits.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 3, 2017
McKinley is projected to be a 1st round pick by Dane Bruglar of CBS Sports. He is billed as the third best edge rusher in this year’s class, behind DE Myles Garrett and DE Derek Barnett. He is Bruglar’s 22nd-ranked prospect overall:
A two-year starter at UCLA, McKinley lined up at left and right defensive end in the Bruins four-man front, standing up and putting his hand on the ground – legitimate candidate for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, averaging 1.8 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack per game. His athleticism pops off the screens, screaming off the edge with initial burst and natural bend to beat blocks and flatten to the quarterback. McKinley flashes violence in his hands, but his pass rush sequence lack sophistication and he can be engulfed by blockers in the run game. Although he isn’t yet the sum of his parts, McKinley has the explosive pass rush potential to terrorize NFL quarterbacks, projecting in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes.