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  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.96 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.10 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 189LBS. Weight


McKinley became a starter midway through his freshman year and finished his career in Columbia by breaking former NFL star Sterling Sharpe's records as USC's all-time leader in receptions (207) and receiving yards (2,781). His 19 career scores are no small feat, either, considering the very inconsistent play of recent Gamecock quarterbacks. McKinley's size and speed are only average, but his toughness is not and his experience as a high school quarterback is obvious in his ability to run good routes. Had an arm span of 31 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.



Positives: Good initial quickness off the snap. Not a real physical player, but uses his hands and lateral quickness well to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage. Savvy route-runner. Good short-area burst and is a cognizant route-runner. Varies his speed and utilizes his good body control to generate separation against tight coverage. Reliable hands for the reception. Strong hands to snatch the ball out of the air. Good body control to contort in space and make the difficult reception. Knows where the sticks and sidelines are. Can take a pop and hang on. Wastes no time getting upfield after the reception. Good vision in the open field and can generate positive yards after the reception. Negatives: Lanky, almost skinny build that could use additional mass, but not at the expense of losing speed, another area of concern. Lacks the straight-line speed to challenge deep or to break away after a short or intermediate reception. Can be caught from behind. Characterized as a tough player, but can be intimidated with a good pop early. Can get alligator arms going over the middle.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.