2015 NFL DRAFT
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Brandon McKinney

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 330 | College: Michigan State
 
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Overview

Regarded as one of the strongest players in the game, McKinney is a perfect fit to play nose guard at the next level with his stout frame, barrel chest, big bubble and thick legs. While he does not have the lofty statistics of most interior down linemen, his raw strength and impressive lateral agility for a player of his size will make him an inviting late draft target.

McKinney was a two-year starter on the defensive line at Chaminade-Julienne High School. The Prep Star All-American selection ranked among the Midwest's top 50 prospects (No. 44) by Super Prep and was rated among Ohio's top ten prospects. In both of his seasons on the gridiron, he earned Associated Press All-State honors.

McKinney enrolled at Michigan State in 2001, but was academically ineligible to play. He played in eleven games at nose guard in 2002, starting four contests, but also missed the Northwestern clash with lower back muscle spasms. He produced 26 tackles (16 solos) with two sacks and 3.5 stops for losses in his first season with the varsity.

Nagging right ankle and foot problems saw McKinney only see brief action in the 2003 season opener vs. Western Michigan before the coaching staff decided to shut him down for the year. Surgery on his foot to repair a navicular fracture was a success and he returned to start every game in 2004. He collected a career-high 42 tackles (31 solos) with an assisted sack, two stops behind the line of scrimmage, three pressures and a fumble recovery.

In 2005, McKinney became the veteran leader of a young defense. He also excelled off the field, as the Interdisciplinary Studies major spent his spare time working with King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, where young children from all over Michigan get to come to a day camp to experience college life. He plugged the middle of the line, but was hobbled early in the year by an ankle sprain that kept him out of the Hawaii game and limited his playing time in several other contests. He finished his senior year with 25 tackles (14 solos) and a pass deflection.

In 34 games at Michigan State, McKinney started 26 times. He recorded 93 tackles (61 solos) with 2.5 sacks for minus 11 yards and 5.5 stops for losses of 12 yards. He was credited with three quarterback pressures, as he recovered a fumble and deflected one pass.

Analysis

Positives: Has a very thick, stout frame with big hips, thick thighs, barrel chest and huge bubble … Flashes a functional short area burst, but is best when stationed and anchored at the line of scrimmage … Lacks any speed, but has some straight-line quickness to take on blocks working in-line … Effective using his frame to stack and control at the line of scrimmage … Has the size and strength to anchor vs. double teams, but only when he manages to keep his pads down … Strong wrap-up tackler with a punishing hand punch to shock and jolt … Two-gap type that plays on his feet and knows how to lean into an isolated blocker to prevent from getting pushed around … When he manages to get his hands inside, the blocker is quickly neutralized.

Negatives: Has stamina issues and looks lethargic due to his excess weight and needs to drop about twenty pounds to be more effective moving off the snap … Has the strength to dominate, but it is often negated, as he is slow to get off the snap and plays too high to defeat blocks, as he fails to get leverage … Can stack and control, but needs to be more active with his hands when trying to shed … Will give effort moving down the line, but is too heavy to get good lateral movement … Lacks the change of direction agility to close on the quarterback … Seems to shut down when his initial move does not work … Does not get a push off the line in order to be effective as a pass rusher … Needs to do a better job of recognizing blocking schemes … Prides himself as a leader, but is not one who will take the techniques he is taught and apply them on the field.

Analysis

BRANDON McKINNEY

Nose Guard

Michigan State University Spartans

#99

6:01.1-324

Trotwood, Ohio

Chaminade Julienne High School

Career Notes

67 of his 93 career tackles occurred in his last two seasons.

2005 Season

Played in ten games at left defensive tackle, recording 25 tackles (14 solos) with a pass deflection … Bothered by a nagging ankle sprain that limited his playing time vs. Notre Dame and Illinois and forced him to sit out the Hawaii clash.

2005 Game Analysis

Had two tackles and a pass deflection vs. Illinois … Made six tackles (2 solos) vs. Michigan … Added one tackle in each of the Ohio State, Northwestern and Penn State games … Posted four assisted tackles vs. Indiana … Matched his season-high with six tackles (all solos) in the Purdue contest.

2004 Season

Started every game at left defensive tackle, recording a career-high 42 tackles (31 solos) …

Had an assisted sack for minus 4 yards and two stops for losses of 3 yards … Added three quarterback pressures and recovered one fumble.

2004 Game Analysis

Opened the season with seven tackles (4 solos) vs. Rutgers … Posted four tackles (3 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss vs. Central Michigan … Had another four hits and assisted on a 4-yard sack in the Indiana game … Had four more tackles in each of the Notre Dame and Iowa contests … Made five tackles (4 solos) vs. Michigan and collected another five hits, including one for a loss vs. Penn State.

2003 Season

Granted a medical redshirt after missing the last twelve games of the season with

a right foot (stress reaction) injury … Underwent foot surgery on December 15th to repair a navicular fracture … Made his only appearance in the season opener vs. Western Michigan.

2002 Season

Played in eleven games, sitting out the Northwestern contest with lower back muscle spasms … Started vs. California, Notre Dame, Iowa and Penn State … Finished with 26 tackles (16 solos), two sacks for minus 7 yards and 3.5 stops for losses of 9 yards.

2002 Game Analysis

Began his career with four solo tackles and a stop for a loss vs. Eastern Michigan and had three assisted hits vs. Iowa … Sacked QB John Navarre for a 3-yard loss and posted four tackles vs. Michigan … Added a 4-yard sack and four more tackles in the season finale vs. Penn State.

2001 Season

Academically ineligible to play.

Injury Report

2002: Sat out the Northwestern game (9/28) with lower back muscle spasms.

2003: Bothered by a right ankle ligament sprain in June … Suffered a right foot navicular fracture during August camp, missing the team's final twelve games after making a brief appearance in the season opener vs. Western Michigan. Underwent surgery on the foot on Dec. 15.

2005: Sat out the Hawaii game (9/10) and saw limited action vs. Notre Dame and Illinois due to a high ankle sprain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.43 in the 40-yard dash … 530-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 36 times … 470-pound squat … 4.69 20-yard shuttle … 7.69 three-cone drill … 25.5-inch vertical jump … 7'8" broad jump … 32 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed … 19/38 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Chaminade-Julienne (Dayton, Oh.) High School, playing football for head coach Jim Place … Two-year starter on the defensive line … The Prep Star All-American selection ranked among the Midwest's top 50 prospects (No. 44) by Super Prep and was rated among Ohio's top ten prospects … In both of his seasons on the gridiron, he earned Associated Press All-State honors.

Personal

Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science ? Community Relations major … Worked with King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, where young children from all over Michigan get to come to a day camp to experience college life … Son of Tim and Ava McKinney … Born 8/24/83 … Resides in Trotwood, Ohio.

 
 
 

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