Pitt's McKillop to Bring Mid-Level Help?

Arizona could use a spring chicken in their linebacker corps. Scott McKillop is a two-year injuries free starter who has a few question marks around his NFL readiness. He put a few issues to bed with his Combine and Pro Day show. AZRedReport.com caught up with McKillop. We also caught up with Tom Marino, who has 30-plus years experience as a professional scout, to bring readers this exclusive.

Scott McKillop (6'1", 244) continues to improve his stock. He finished in the top-five at his position in five drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he showed he could move in space at his Pro Day, which the Cardinals attended.

He is best suited for inside linebacker in a 3-4. The Cardinals are more concerned with the outside linebacker position in the upcoming draft, but McKillop could be a go depending on who passes him up.

McKillop is projected as a fourth-rounder, but he is steadily catching the eye of many teams.

McKillop is out to prove his stat sheet of 173 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and two interceptions during the 2008 season is no fluke.

Speed is a concern for some teams. The 40-yard dash and McKillop weren't best of friends. He finished in the lower end of the spectrum at his position, 4.80.

"One of the questions the teams have about me is my speed," McKillip said. "A lot of teams know I can play football. They want to see how well I can run."

Scott McKillop

He wanted to clock in the high 4.6s at the combine.

McKillop also understands the issue of people not thinking he's athletic.

"I just think with being a white linebacker get labeled as an overachiever in college. I think I can play. This [combine] is one of a bunch of steps I need to take to reach that goal."

AZRedReport.com's Tyson Qualls' Q&A with McKillop:

How do you think you will match up with the Arizona Cardinals front line?

I think I will match up well because I understand what kind of players they are like. The experience I had at Pittsburg has really helped as well. Playing with them will also give me a good feel about strengths and weaknesses.

What are you doing to improve your draft stock?

I have been working out everyday and I am planning on flying to San Diego to visit this week.

What kind of player can the Cardinals expect to get if they choose to draft you?

They can expect to get a player who is relentless and who will work hard to get things done. I would definitely add depth at the linebacker position.

Former NFL Scout Tom Marino's Take

"From what I saw, I thought he was a try hard guy with a moderate skill set. He doesn't appear to have very good upper body strength, and I thought his range was just adequate. He made plays inside the box, was a barely adequate tackler (he's the nail rather than the hammer).

First step quickness and range was marginal. I thought he was more productive as a junior but I only saw two games in 08'. In pass coverage, he looked stiff in the hips and showed limited close to the football. Looks like a back up type inside guy who is smart and experienced, but is not a game changer."

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