Takkarist McKinley   #98 DE

Height: 6-2   Weight: 250   Age: 23

Born: 11/2/1995 Oakland , CA

College: UCLA

Experience: 2nd season

High School: John F. Kennedy HS [Richmond, CA]









Draft 2017

Pick No.26

Selected By: Atlanta Falcons

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 26 (26)

Pick Analysis: McKinley signed with Cal coming out of high school, but failed to qualify academically. He went to Contra Costa College in 2013, winning all-league recognition with 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He transferred to UCLA the following year, once his grades were settled. McKinley played in 10 games, starting one, that season (six tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks). He started 12 games as a junior, really beginning to show promise as a pass rusher (7.5 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles). "Tak" stepped out in his senior year, receiving first-team All-Pac-12 notice with 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and six pass breakups.


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  1. Falcons select Takkarist McKinley No. 26 in the 2017 NFL Draft

    Published: April 27, 2017 at 11:19 p.m.

    The Atlanta Falcons select UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley No. 26 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

  2. Instant Draft Grade Takkarist McKinley: B+

    Published: April 27, 2017 at 11:22 p.m.

    NFL Media's Matt Smith, Bucky Brooks, and Lance Zierlein give Takkarist McKinley a B+ draft grade.

  3. Back2Campus: Maurice Jones-Drew and Takk McKinley at UCLA

    Published: April 22, 2017 at 05:33 p.m.

    NFL Network's own Maurice Jones-Drew returns to his alma mater UCLA to visit star defensive lineman and up-and-coming draft pick Takk McKinley.

  4. Five facts: Takkarist McKinley

    Published: April 10, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.

    How did Takkarist McKinley end up at UCLA? Here are five things you should know about the defensive end prospect.

  5. First Draft: Takk McKinley

    Published: March 22, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.

    NFL prospect and UCLA big man Takk McKinley is on the verge of seizing his dream of playing at the next level. But for McKinley, who received First-Team All-Pac 12 notice during his senior campaign, his journey to this point forced him to overcome difficult circumstances.

  6. Takkarist McKinley 2017 Combine workout

    Published: March 5, 2017 at 05:01 p.m.

    Watch UCLA defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley work out at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

  7. NFL Draft Stories: Takkarist McKinley

    Published: April 7, 2017 at 10:15 a.m.

    The "Good Morning Football" crew brings the draft story of UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley and overcoming injuries and the death of his grandmother.

  8. Bucky Brooks: Takkarist McKinley is relentless

    Published: March 5, 2017 at 12:43 p.m.

    "NFL Now Live" analysts take a closer look at UCLA defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley.

  9. Takkarist McKinley: 'This is a dream come true'

    Published: March 5, 2017 at 02:46 p.m.

    UCLA defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley joins "NFL Now Live" to talk about his combine experience and his social media presence.

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