Film Study: Could Benardrick McKinney bring some punch to Green Bay Packers defense?
By Dan Dahlke
Mississippi State Bulldogs linebacker Benardrick McKinney (50). Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Would he fit in Green Bay’s defense?
In my opinion, McKinney is exactly the type of linebacker the Packers need in the middle of their defense.
He’s a physical force against the run and has all of the athletic ability in the world to excel at the position in the NFL.
Like most the linebackers coming out of college, McKinney will have to make some strides in coverage, but I believe McKinney still has the ability to develop into a three-down linebacker.
He would be a good pick at the end of the first round.
He could be the thumper Green Bay needs in the middle and would complement Sam Barrington well, who is more of a chase linebacker.
His ability to deliver big hits and thrash running backs would give the Packers an intimidating presence at the heart of their defense.
McKinney’s ability to take on blocks and hold his ground also makes him a special talent at inside linebacker and would bring something unique to the Packers roster.
Here is one final clip that sums up McKinney’s style of play.
Imagine McKinney making these type of plays in a Packers jersey.
Leave a comment below to share your thoughts on McKinney as a potential Packers’ draft pick this spring.