Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Benardrick McKinney


With ten picks in the 2015 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs should be able to not only find an instant starter or two, but should be able to acquire some depth on both sides of the ball.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have the 17th pick in the second round of the draft and there are a lot of directions they could go with it. They could bundle it to trade up, they can gather more picks by trading back, or they can go after a promising offensive lineman, wide receiver, or maybe even get an inside linebacker to pair with Derrick Johnson.

Johnson suffered a torn Achilles in the first game of the 2014 regular season against the Tennessee Titans and spent the rest of the year battling back from the injury. Meanwhile the Kansas City Chiefs sported one of the worst rush defenses in the league and they did not have a clear replacement for Johnson and were not able to recover.

The second round has a strong group of inside linebackers and would be the ideal spot for the Chiefs to grab one. Eric Kendricks out of UCLA is currently listed as the best inside linebacker, but he has a late first round early second round grade according to CBS Sports. If Kendricks is available to the Chiefs in the second round they should not hesitate to draft him, but what if he’s not?

Benardrick McKinney was a three year starter out of Mississippi State and could be available to the Chiefs in the second round.

Combine Results

  • 40 yard dash – 4.66 seconds
  • Bench press – 16 reps
  • Vertical jump – 40 1/2 inches
  • 3-cone drill – 7.21 seconds
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.27 seconds

Results courtesy of CBS Sports

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"At his best with the ballcarrier in front of him. Physical taking on blocks with long arms and physical punch. Fluid athlete for his size, showing good lateral agility and very impressive acceleration to track down ballcarriers from behind. Long arms and good hand-eye coordination to trip up ballcarriers.-Courtesy of Dane Brugler and Rob Rang of CBS Sports"

McKinney is exactly what the Kansas City Chiefs need in an inside linebacker. He does struggle in coverage but that is something that can be improved on with good coaching which the Chiefs have. He is already an above average run defender and can learn from one of the best in the NFL in Derrick Johnson.

McKinney is listed as the second best inside linebacker, and 46th overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft so the Kansas City Chiefs would need him to drop a few pick for them to be able to select him with the 49th overall pick.

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