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Meet the Prospect: Takkarist McKinley

Name: Takkarist McKinley

Position: Defensive end/OLB

School: UCLA

Ht/Wt: 6-2, 250

40 dash: 4.59 seconds

Bench: 24 reps

Vertical: 33.0 inches

Broad: 122.0 inches

3-cone: 7.48 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.62 seconds

How he fits: McKinley was a first-team All-Pac 12 selection this past season with 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and six pass breakups. He tested well at the Combine, and on film, he's a relentless pass rusher with terrific athleticism.

He's a little undersized for what the Lions typically like on the edge, but Kerry Hyder is also 6-2, and he led the team with eight sacks last season. McKinley has long arms (34 ¾), and he played both standing up and with his hand in the dirt at UCLA, which would give him some position versatility in Teryl Austin's defense.

The Lions signed Hyder, Armonty Bryant and Cornelius Washington in free agency this offseason to pair with Ziggy Ansah, but the team could use another young difference maker along their front seven.

Key observations: He was second in the Pac 12 in tackles for loss and third in sacks per game. He had a streak of eight straight games with a tackle for loss during the middle of last season, and was credited with at least five tackles in seven games.

McKinley had shoulder surgery after the Combine to repair a torn labrum he played through the last two seasons. He told reporters in Indianapolis the recovery time was around six months, which places his return sometime around training camp.

What they had to say about him: "McKinley fires off the ball like a sprinter, which makes sense given that he recorded a 10.58 in the 100 meters as a first-year track athlete in high school. There is not a better speed rusher in the draft than McKinley." –

How he stacks up: McKinley is the third-best edge rusher available in this draft according to, and the No. 21 overall prospect available by Scouts Inc. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has McKinley ranked 22nd among his top 50 players available in this year's draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. lists McKinley as the top outside linebacker on his board. The same goes for ESPN's Todd McShay.

What he had to say:  "To me, (being described as having a relentless motor) means play until you hear a whistle. You never know how a play will end up. With my speed I always feel I can catch somebody. If a running back is 20 yards, 10 yards downfield, I feel that motor, that speed I have, that track background, I've got a chance to catch him. Even if I don't catch him it still looks good on film, like this big guy has got that motor, that non-stop, that competitiveness, that never give up."

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