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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jerick McKinnon, RB

School: Georgia Southern  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Marietta, GA
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 209 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
138114

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.372.491.5232 40 1/211'0"4.126.83
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL running back. Sports a powerful, well-built frame that provides clear evidence of time spent in the weight-room. Fluid athlete who changes directions easily and accelerates smoothly.

Comfortable with the ball in his hands. Lowers his shoulders upon contact and runs with forward lean. Good vision. Reads blocks and shows impressive initial burst out of his cuts to separate. Physical and cognizant blocker. Showed his commitment to the team with his willingness to play whatever role asked.

WEAKNESSES: Very raw as he possesses virtually no experience as a traditional running back. Took most his carries as a read-option quarterback or after taking the pitch to the outside, therefore his ability to run between the tackles is a projection.

Impressed in his toughness as a running quarterback but this role is a far cry from what will expected of him when running inside and when in pass protection (where he was not surprisingly inconsistent at the Senior Bowl). Accelerates smoothly but tops out quickly and defenders are able to catch up. Very little experience as a receiver in this run-heavy offense. Caught a total of three passes in 2013 (for 23 yards).

COMPARES TO: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints - Ingram hasn't been able to wrench away the starting role in New Orleans since earning a first round pick in 2011 but his powerful, downhill running style adds a degree of toughness to an offensive that is otherwise largely finesse. McKinnon is, of course, nowhere near as pro-ready as Ingram was when leaving Alabama but he offers a similar frame and running style and could also emerge as a valuable contributor once given time to adjust to his new role.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

A year ago, the Senior Bowl provided versatile Georgia Southern athlete J.J. Wilcox an opportunity to prove to scouts that he could handle the transition to safety and the Dallas Cowboys thought enough of his game to select the former Eagle receiver and slotback in the third round.

Like his former teammate, McKinnon was used in a variety of roles at GSU, starring at quarterback, slotback, fullback, defensive back and kick returner over his career. Used primarily as an option quarterback for the Eagles, he rushed for 3,899 yards and 42 touchdowns over his collegiate career and fared well against FBS competition, including running for 109 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia in 2012 and another 125 yards and the game-winning touchdown as a slotback to shock Florida last year.

Numerous players have successfully changed positions in the NFL and McKinnon appears to possess the frame, toughness and work ethic to handle the move. He is a fluid, well-built athlete who - like his former teammate - could earn a surprisingly high grade on draft weekend due to his upside.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 3/96 - Jerick McKinnon, RB, 5-9, 209, Georgia Southern...McKinnon was primarily a triple-option quarterback at the FCS school. He also played tailback, receiver, fullback and even a couple games at cornerback. The Vikings said they'll use him as a third-down, change-of-pace back behind Adrian Peterson, who lost his backup, Toby Gerhart, to free agency. McKinnon, a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago, has the speed, agility, burst and unusual strength - he led all running backs at the combine with 32 reps in the bench press - to be the kind of change of pace that Turner likes to utilize in his offensive packages. - The Sports Xchange
 

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