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2017 NFL DRAFT

Cassanova McKinzy, ILB

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 248 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
45120-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.83--21 ----

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Player Overview

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good-looking frame with well-proportionate bulk. Athletic mover and field fast to cover a lot of green. Range to make plays at the sideline, showing the chase and closing speed to finish.

Quick lateral agility to avoid blocks, collecting himself to find the ball and fill vs. the run. Patient, but active at the line of scrimmage to work through the noise. Strikes behind his pads to deliver jarring hits.

Versatile experience, seeing playing time at the weak-side, strong-side and middle linebacker positions, also as an edge rusher, leading the team in quarterback hurries (20) in 2015.

WEAKNESSES: Frantic eyes and needs to play with better ball awareness. Will overpursue at times due to inconsistent angles and break down skills, slipping or bouncing off the ballcarrier ? too many "almost" tackles on his r?sum? tape, especially in space. Room to improve his stack-and-shed technique to take on blockers and work off contact to the ball.

Needs to introduce more discipline to his play style and control his emotions. Limited experience in coverage and was asked to focus on downhill action in college.

--Dane Brugler (12/21/15)

 
 
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08/13/2014 - Other Auburn prospects worth watching: ILB Cassanova McKinzy, Junior...McKinzy immediately turned heads at Auburn, starting at middle linebacker as a true freshman and leading the team in tackles (75 tackles, including eight for loss) from his weakside position last year. Physical and tenacious, he's been asked to move back inside to the 'mike role this fall. He doesn't possess great speed or agility and therefore has some coverage limitations but takes on and shed blocks aggressively in the hole. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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