Benardrick McKinney
Benardrick McKinney
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Houston Texans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McKinney is likely better on the real field than in IDP scoring, as his tackle rate dropped from 129 on 920 snaps in 2016 to 200 tackles over his 1,883 snaps since then. The Houston run defense was strong all the while, though his IDP owners couldn't cash in on that fact. There's still hope for McKinney given that he could by pure luck return to his former tackle rate, and beyond that he has standout blitzing upside despite only one sack last year. McKinney totaled eight sacks over the two years prior, so a 120-tackle, four-sack season wouldn't surprise. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the Texans in June of 2018.
Tackling machine
LBHouston Texans
October 9, 2019
McKinney made nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's win over the Falcons.
ANALYSIS
McKinney followed up his 12-tackle performance in Week 4 with a similarly impressive outing. This provides a solid floor for IDP purposes, although he only has 0.5 sacks and one pass breakup this season, so the ceiling is definitely capped.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Houston TexansTexans 2019 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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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.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
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
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Benardrick McKinney
IDP Analysis: Identifying Values at Linebacker
85 days ago
In his second of three articles, Jim Coventry aims to help IDP owners find good LB values, like Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David, on draft day.
IDP Analysis: Week 7 Matchups
October 15, 2018
Jim Coventry expects Jacksonville to go with a run-heavy approach, making Whitney Mercilus and the rest of the Texans linebackers upgraded fantasy options this week.
IDP Analysis: Week 2 Matchups
IDP Analysis: Week 2 Matchups
September 10, 2018
September 10, 2018
Jim Coventry says that playing on their home field should put the Saints in position to make the Browns one-dimensional on offense, which should help Trey Hendrickson have a productive performance as a pass rusher.
IDP Analysis: ADP Values
IDP Analysis: ADP Values
August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018
Jim Coventry looks at ADP data to find values for individual defensive players in your draft including Vikings defensive lineman Danielle Hunter.
Team Previews: 2018 Houston Texans
July 26, 2018
John Clemeno considers the effect Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt will have upon their respective returns to the Texans.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
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.
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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Hits double digits in tackles
LBHouston Texans
September 30, 2019
McKinney recorded 12 tackles, one pass defensed and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 4.
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Notches seven tackles in win
LBHouston Texans
September 19, 2019
McKinney recorded seven tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 13-12 win over the Jaguars.
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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.
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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
Foot
December 27, 2018
McKinney (foot) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.
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