Jerick McKinnon, RB/WR/QB, Georgia Southern

Vikings, Round 3. He went MUCH earlier than anyone really expected, and to a team that probably could have used someone with more immediate impact. I expected Round 6, but his athleticism opened a lot of eyes during the draft process. An NFL future for him would be more likely at wide receiver than at running back, and certainly not as a passing NFL quarterback. He’ll definitely stick on the roster, but I don’t see any immediate and obvious future for him.

All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: though his height and weight are below average, he has a solid build. Above-average quickness, burst, and speed. Good track speed for the size and position. Runs with good vision and body lean, and low to the ground. After contact, he is willing to lower his shoulder and keep his legs churning, attempting to get extra yards. Can extend for passes away from his frame at times. Is a willing downfield blocker who is able to go low to knock down defenders. Showed some versatility in college – playing both quarterback and running back. Nice touch on throws. Very explosive in the Combine drills, with good ability to change directions. Fantastic upper body strength for the position and for his size.

Negatives: Below-average height. Slightly below-average bulk with below-average hand size and a short wingspan. Too small to play quarterback and below-average size for a running back. Was in a triple-option system in college at both the quarterback and B-back positions – none of which translates to the NFL. As a quarterback, he shows below-average accuracy and misses wide-open reads often. Though he has shown flashes of ability as a receiver, his hands are inconsistent. As a run blocker or pass blocker, he isn’t strong enough to maintain leverage – something that was evident when he was bowled over in Senior Bowl practices. Also had a lot of trouble blocking quick outside moves. Below-average routes and is off-balance and round in his breaks. Will also run into defensive backs at times in his routes.

Projection: Keep an eye on him in the preseason, but I don’t see a need to draft him in dynasty leagues unless your team is empty and rebuilding.

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