KC Chiefs 2015 NFL Draft Wish List: Inside Linebackers

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Benardrick McKinney was a three year starter at Mississippi State and was able to fill the stat sheet during his career with 122 tackles, 121 assists, 7.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

He is a relatively unpolished player and has the size and potential to develop into one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL with good coaching and a good mentor. That is why Derrick Johnson and the KC Chiefs would be a great fit. At 6’5″ tall and 249 pounds he is even bigger than Johnson.

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While Eric Kendricks is the top rated inside linebacker in the draft, Kendricks would not be able to replace Johnson in the future, McKinney has the ability to reproduce what Johnson has done in his career with the Chiefs.

"Raw, versatile athlete. Lined up at middle linebacker and rushed off both edges. Runs in the 4.5s with a 34-inch vertical. 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"

With good coaching and some experience McKinney can be the inside linebacker of the future that the KC Chiefs have been searching for for years to play next to Johnson and eventually be his replacement.

McKinney is listed as the second best inside linebacker, and 51st best overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports. McKinney falls in the perfect spot for the KC Chiefs to select him with their second round pick which is the 49th overall pick.

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