Photo of Mekale McKay

Combine Results

4.96 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.89 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 207LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


McKay, a former high school hoops star who received interest from Louisville and Kentucky to play that sport, transferred from Arkansas after his freshman season to Cincinnati to be closer to an ailing grandmother. The NCAA allowed waived the transfer year in his case, so he was able to play immediately for the Bearcats. He made a solid contribution to the Razorbacks in his only season there, starting 10 times and catching 21 passes for 317 yards and two scores. All McKay did in the wide-open UC offense was average over 30 yards a catch (16-485) with seven touchdowns in 2013. His junior (44-725, eight TD) and senior (27-507, two scores) seasons displayed similar big-play ability to NFL scouts despite his playing for a team that spreads the ball around to six or seven receivers every game.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds
Vertical: 37 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches
Short shuttle: 4.29 seconds
3-cone: 7.09 seconds



Gets the most out of his 6-foot-3 frame when the ball is in the air. Uses well-timed leaps to go up and over smaller defenders and has a feel for the "post-up" game. Clever hand usage to create late separation on deep throws. Works his way back to the catch. Able to accelerate upfield quickly off of his stutter-step release versus press coverage. Willing to stick his nose in as a blocker and has the frame and hand placement to wall defender off and away from making the play.


Production took a dive in 2015 even when healthy. Route running is dull, lacking tight, crisp cuts. One-speed routes put cornerbacks at ease and allow them to crowd the routes. Needs to do better job with vertical sell to back defenders off. The struggle is real if he doesn't get clean release off line of scrimmage. Once defender gets into his chest, it is usually over. Hands have been consistently inconsistent with a drop rate of more than 11 percent for his career.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Sources Tell Us

"Don't like the hands, don’t like routes and I don't think he plays as fast as his timed speed. He should be better than he was this year." -- NFC regional scout

NFL Comparison

Dezmin Lewis

Bottom Line

McKay was a "one to watch" type of prospect headed into 2015, but failed to build on that buzz this season. While his size is appealing and could get him drafted if he runs a good 40-yard dash, his potential issues against press coverage combined with below average hands could be quite a stumbling block.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster