Positives: Outstanding athlete with long arms and tremendous quickness for his size…Natural knee bender who backpedals fluidly in pass protection, taking full advantage of his big chest, powerful arms, wide hips and thick thighs to easily wall off the defender…All-out battler with a solid work ethic…Rolls his hips and slides his feet well retreating in pass protection…Shows the explosion off the snap to easily seal the corner…Smooth making contact when firing upfield to neutralize the linebackers…Has the speed to get into second gear and excels at cutting off the linebackers upfield…Very active going after other defenders after the initial block…Will deliver the crunching hand punch to keep defenders on their heels and has excellent lateral agility…Focused drive blocker who simply knocks over defenders with true aggression…Shows impressive agility redirecting to the inside…Generates movement, firing low to take the defender off his feet…Knows how to extend his arms and take proper blocking angles to prevent the bull rush.
Negatives: Needs to maintain his weight, as added bulk in the past caused lateral agility problems…Will overextend and lunge at the opponent sometimes when blocking inline (generally vs. the smaller, quicker defenders)…Needs to play at a lower pad level to get more explosion off the snap, but has the foot agility to compensate for his high stance…Not always quick to pick up stunts, but has good recovery skills…Has good, but not brute strength (365-pound bench press) and could use additional time in the weight room.
Massive lineman dominant blocking for either the running or passing game. Plays with excellent forward lean, gets leverage on opponents and displays good body adjustment. Quick with his hands, possesses big mitts and powerful arm punch. Keeps the opponent in front of him, plays with balance and defeats opponents with brute force or totally engulfs them. Not light on his feet but keeps them active and displays the ability to shuffle and slide if protecting the edge. Gets movement from his run blocks or anchors in pass protection, not giving up an inch of ground. Not quick or explosive off the snap, only average abilities blocking on the second level and does not play with a nasty attitude. Rarely works to finish his blocks and seemingly content with controlling defenders rather than destroying them. Has the physical skills to be very good at the next level, but must develop the toughness if he wants to be great. Early First Round.
Pro Football Weekly
Positives: A planet player, meaning there are very few people in the history of the planet who are as big as McKinnie and can do the things he does on the football field. He has the wingspan of a 747 and does an excellent job of using his hands and long arms to punch and redirect rushers. With his size and wingspan, getting around him is like circumventing the globe. Seems to have a feel for position, despite his limited football background. Is light on his feet and athletic. Slides his feet fluidly and can change directions. Bends his knees extremely well for a man as tall as he is. With his long arms, he is not going to bench-press 225 pounds 45 times, and he had not spent that much time weight training before college. However, he can be overpowering one-on-one. Rarely seen off his feet, despite his limited football background. Has very good balance and body control and seems to have a good feel when blocking in-line. Never seems to give up a sack and pitched a complete shutout at Syracuse All-America DE Dwight Freeney, who some believed was the best pass rusher in the country. Can also adjust on the move.
Negatives: Is not a real killer or that intense all the time. Does the job but does not seem to want to finish all his blocks and really punish the man he is blocking, except when the big guy is upset about some tactic the defender used. Is so big and talented that he does not have to do the little extras that could make him extra special. Does not push himself as much as he should in practice. Has not spent enough time working in the weight room to improve his strength and flexibility. Still learning the game, and lack of experience will hurt him. Looks indecisive and struggles at times in the open field, when his assignments are not clearly defined and he has an option of who to block. That is the one area where his limited football background seems to hurt him. While he has been durable and very effective, McKinnie may not always push himself as much as he should in practice. In terms of size, is similar to Jonathan Ogden, but McKinnie does not have Ogden's super athletic ability, flexibility or feet.
Summary: Size-wise, McKinnie is similar to Jonathan Ogden but does not have Ogden's super athletic ability, flexibility and feet. Nevertheless, McKinnie will be a very high first-round pick, and if he will pay the price, he could become a perennial All-Pro type of player.
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THE GOOD: Massive lineman dominant blocking for either the running or passing game. Plays with excellent forward lean, gets leverage on opponents and displays good body adjustment. Quick with his hands, possesses big mitts and powerful arm punch. Keeps the opponent in front of him, plays with balance and defeats defenders with brute force or totally engulfing them. Not light on his feet but keeps them active and displays the ability to shuffle and slide protecting the edge. Gets movement from his run blocks or anchors in pass protection not giving up an inch of ground.
THE BAD: Not quick or explosive off the snap, only average abilities blocking on the second level and does not play with a nasty attitude. Rarely works to finish his blocks and seemingly content with controlling defenders rather than destroying them.
THE SKINNY: Has the physical skills to be very good at the next level, but must develop the toughness if he wants to be great. Early First Round.
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