McKillop is a tackling machine, racking up 288 tackles over the last two seasons. He also registered 27.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and three picks in that span.
LB Scott McKillop
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"I think with me being a white linebacker, I get labeled as an overachiever in college," he said. "I think I can play."
It helps that McKillop has a connection to the Chargers. He played college ball under Coach Dave Wannstedt, who is good friends with Norv Turner from their time together with the Dallas Cowboys.
McKillop believes that playing for Wannstedt, who spent 11 seasons as a head coach in the NFL, has prepared him to make the leap to the next level.
"One of the things we did after the season was we sat down and [Wannstedt] told me about the process, how things are going to happen, what teams are looking for," McKillop said. "He told me to stay as focused as you possibly can. We had Coach [Tony] Wise, Coach Wannstedt and Coach [Matt] Cavanaugh with NFL ties. That was one of things that was nice, as well."
The big knock on McKillop is his limited speed. He was ready for that criticism coming into the NFL Combine and set a goal to run a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash. Instead, he ran a 4.77. Now, teams will continue to question his ability to play sideline-to-sideline at the pro level.
Because of his pedestrian showing in Indianapolis, McKillop can expect to be drafted somewhere between the third and fifth rounds of the draft.
The Chargers will consider McKillop as a run-stopping specialist, similar to the role played by Tim Dobbins last season. McKillop, should he be drafted by the Chargers, could split time with offseason addition Kevin Burnett, who will get the bulk of his playing time in passing situations.
Under that scenario, the Chargers would likely release LB Matt Wilhelm, who is set to count approximately $2.5 million against the salary cap this season, a high number for a probable backup.