Benardrick McKinney
Benardrick McKinney
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
One of the top size/speed specimens on this list, McKinney (6-4, 250) boasts 4.66 speed, a 40.5-inch vertical, and a pass-rushing skill set that implies breakout IDP potential despite a down year in 2017. His snap count actually increased from 2016 to last year, yet McKinney fell below triple-digit tackles after posting 129 the year before. He should split the difference at worst in 2018, and with all of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus expected back healthy, McKinney's blitzing and turnover opportunities should swing upward, too. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the Texans in June of 2018.
Tallies 105 tackles in 2018
LBHouston Texans
January 17, 2019
McKinney recorded 105 tackles (63 solo, 1.5 sacks) and seven passes defensed -- including an interception -- while playing in 16 games this season.
McKinney eclipsed the 100-tackle mark for the second time in his four-year career this season as he's continued to be a quality linebacker for Houston. He improved in pass coverage, with his seven passes defensed more than doubling the three he'd compiled in the three seasons prior.
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Measurables Review
How do Benardrick McKinney's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
257 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
Shuttle Time
4.27 sec
Cone Drill
7.21 sec
Vertical Jump
40.5 in
Broad Jump
121 in
Bench Press
16 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
One of the league's top athletes, McKinney is huge at 6-4, 260, but boasts 4.66 speed and a 41-inch vertical. That size and range makes him a unique dual-threat as a tackler and pass rusher, and in 2016 he put himself on the map as a top IDP linebacker. That he did it on just 920 defensive snaps at age 23 gives hope that he can reach even greater heights in his third NFL season. Additionally, the Texans could have more leads this year with Deshaun Watson replacing Brock Osweiler, which could yield more blitzing opportunities.
Brian Cushing has long been the face of Houston's LB crew, but it may be time for McKinney to claim the distinction for himself. The Texans clearly had big plans, investing a 2015 second-round pick (43rd overall) in the MSU product. He was brought along slowly as a rookie, logging just 411 snaps on defense, but the fact that McKinney finished with 63 tackles implies he's ready for more. Huge (6-foot-4, 246 pounds) and highly-athletic for his build, McKinney has the tools to project as an eventual source of sacks and interceptions, in addition to 130-tackle upside.
The Texans traded up in the second round to draft McKinney at 43rd overall this spring. He’s got an outside linebacker’s build, but played inside linebacker at Mississippi State, where he led the team in tackles the last two seasons. While it looks like he fits on the outside, there are some quickness and technique issues he’ll need to incorporate before making that transition. Otherwise, he can stay at inside linebacker, a position of need for the Texans.
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Clear of foot injury
LBHouston Texans
December 28, 2018
McKinney (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
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Limited participant Wednesday
LBHouston Texans
December 27, 2018
McKinney (foot) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
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Notches interception in win
LBHouston Texans
December 24, 2018
McKinney recorded four tackles (two solo) and two passes defensed, including an interception, in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
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Ties for team lead in tackles
LBHouston Texans
December 16, 2018
McKinney had nine tackles (three solo) in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.
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Leads team in tackles
LBHouston Texans
November 27, 2018
McKinney recorded 10 tackles (six solo) across 42 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the Titans.
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