Benardrick McKinney

Benardrick McKinney

29-Year-Old LinebackerLB
New York Giants
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired in a trade from Houston, McKinney’s role is somewhat undefined but his IDP apparent all the same. The Dolphins need a player like McKinney, and he's an athletic player with a history of NFL production. At 6-4, 246, with a 4.66 40 and 40.5-inch vertical, McKinney is huge but explosive and can play either inside or outside linebacker. Alternating between inside and the edge could limit his per-snap tackle production, but (A) that's not a given and (B) even if so, it would put McKinney in position to feast as a blitzer in what should be a high-pressure Miami defense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Giants in November of 2021.
Signed to active roster
LBNew York Giants
November 18, 2021
The Giants signed McKinney to their active roster Thursday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
ANALYSIS
McKinney had been elevated from the practice squad in each of the last three games, and he'll now land a contract to join the 53-man roster. Across his first three appearances of the year, he racked up nine tackles (five solo).
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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New York GiantsGiants 2021 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

106989%
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Measurables Review
How do Benardrick McKinney's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
257 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.27 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.21 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Benardrick McKinney
IDP Analysis: New Role for Collins
November 17, 2020
After previously spending his NFL career as a pass-rushing DE/OLB tweener, Collins has mostly shed the pass-rushing reps in Detroit and is piling up tackles instead.
IDP Analysis: Week 7
IDP Analysis: Week 7
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020
The injury to Benardrick McKinney was a big loss for the Houston defense, but Tyrell Adams appears to have emerged as a standout IDP in his absence.
NFL Game Previews: Monday Night Matchups
October 17, 2020
Erik Siegrist previews the Monday night game as Kyler Murray leads the Cardinals into Dallas to face the Cowboys in the nightcap.
Gameday Injuries: Week 5
Gameday Injuries: Week 5
October 11, 2020
October 11, 2020
Juan Carlos Blanco tackles an extensive Week 5 injury report and lets you know the latest on who's trending toward starting or sitting as of early Sunday morning.
NFL Game Previews: Bills-Titans Matchup
October 8, 2020
Erik Siegrist previews Tuesday night's Bills-Titans matchup as Josh Allen looks to continue his impressive season.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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McKinney's recovery from offseason ankle surgery will warrant monitoring, but if he's prepared for Week 1 then he should approach LB2 utility in most IDP formats. His upside as an IDP appears limited aside from the ankle question, however. McKinney's pass rush impact has all but disappeared since he posted five sacks in 2016, totaling just 1.5 over the last two years, and fellow linebacker Zach Cunningham steals the higher share of tackle production. McKinney is highly athletic and generally plays well on the real field, but for IDP purposes his returns probably diminish a bit.
McKinney is likely better on the real field than in IDP scoring, as his tackle rate dropped from 129 on 920 snaps in 2016 to 200 tackles over his 1,883 snaps since then. The Houston run defense was strong all the while, though his IDP owners couldn't cash in on that fact. There's still hope for McKinney given that he could by pure luck return to his former tackle rate, and beyond that he has standout blitzing upside despite only one sack last year. McKinney totaled eight sacks over the two years prior, so a 120-tackle, four-sack season wouldn't surprise.
One of the top size/speed specimens on this list, McKinney (6-4, 250) boasts 4.66 speed, a 40.5-inch vertical, and a pass-rushing skill set that implies breakout IDP potential despite a down year in 2017. His snap count actually increased from 2016 to last year, yet McKinney fell below triple-digit tackles after posting 129 the year before. He should split the difference at worst in 2018, and with all of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus expected back healthy, McKinney's blitzing and turnover opportunities should swing upward, too.
One of the league's top athletes, McKinney is huge at 6-4, 260, but boasts 4.66 speed and a 41-inch vertical. That size and range makes him a unique dual-threat as a tackler and pass rusher, and in 2016 he put himself on the map as a top IDP linebacker. That he did it on just 920 defensive snaps at age 23 gives hope that he can reach even greater heights in his third NFL season. Additionally, the Texans could have more leads this year with Deshaun Watson replacing Brock Osweiler, which could yield more blitzing opportunities.
Brian Cushing has long been the face of Houston's LB crew, but it may be time for McKinney to claim the distinction for himself. The Texans clearly had big plans, investing a 2015 second-round pick (43rd overall) in the MSU product. He was brought along slowly as a rookie, logging just 411 snaps on defense, but the fact that McKinney finished with 63 tackles implies he's ready for more. Huge (6-foot-4, 246 pounds) and highly-athletic for his build, McKinney has the tools to project as an eventual source of sacks and interceptions, in addition to 130-tackle upside.
The Texans traded up in the second round to draft McKinney at 43rd overall this spring. He’s got an outside linebacker’s build, but played inside linebacker at Mississippi State, where he led the team in tackles the last two seasons. While it looks like he fits on the outside, there are some quickness and technique issues he’ll need to incorporate before making that transition. Otherwise, he can stay at inside linebacker, a position of need for the Texans.
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Returns to practice squad
LBFree Agent
November 2, 2021
McKinney reverted to the Giants' practice squad Tuesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
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Elevated from practice squad
LBNew York Giants
November 1, 2021
McKinney was elevated from the Giants' practice squad ahead of Monday's game against the Chiefs, Michael Eisen of the Giants' official site reports.
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Reverts to practice squad
LBFree Agent
October 26, 2021
McKinney reverted to New York's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
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Elevated to active roster
LBNew York Giants
October 23, 2021
The Giants have elevated McKinney to their active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Joins Giants
LBFree Agent
October 19, 2021
McKinney was signed to the Giants' practice squad Tuesday, Michael Elsen of the team's official site reports.
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