Jerick McKinnon put on a show at the Scouting Combine

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We noted before the Combine that former Georgia Southern quarterback Jerick McKinnon would work out with the running backs in Indianapolis as he attempts to show NFL teams that he can play a different position as a pro. So how did McKinnon do?

He did as well as any player at any position, at least in terms of showing off his raw athletic ability. McKinnon ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, had a 40.5-inch vertical jump, broad-jumped 11 feet, and bench pressed 225 pounds a whopping 32 times. The Wall Street Journal crunched all the numbers from the Combine and concluded that no player at any position did better than McKinnon in all the various measurements of strength, speed and athletic ability.

Of course, football is not the Olympic decathlon, and just because McKinnon can run and jump and lift a lot of weight, that doesn’t mean he can succeed in the NFL. But NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said McKinnon showed off exactly the kind of measurables that NFL teams are looking for in a running back.

“As far as the running backs, I think McKinnon from Georgia Southern is a real wild card in this draft,” Mayock said. “He had a big day.”

The 5-foot-9, 209-pound McKinnon, who ran an old-school triple-option offense at Georgia Southern, said he hopes NFL teams recognize that he can pick up yardage with his legs, whether he’s lining up at quarterback or running back.

“I love to make plays,” McKinnon said. “I can make defenders miss and I feel like I have good balance and patience. I can make a cut and get north-south real quick.”

Before the Combine, McKinnon looked like he’d probably have to go the undrafted free agent route if he were going to make it to the NFL. Now McKinnon seems like he has a real shot at getting drafted. He’s just the kind of player who can boost his draft stock at the Combine, and he made the most of his opportunity.

6 responses to “Jerick McKinnon put on a show at the Scouting Combine

  1. Good Luck to him. He’ll get looked at by a team. These guys always do. Joe Webb for example:

    Bench Press (reps of 225 pounds) – 21 (best by a WR at combine was 20)

    Vertical Jump – 42 1/2 (best by a WR at combine was 41 1/2)

    Broad Jump – 11 1/2 (best for any player at combine was 11)

    20-Yard Shuttle – 3.91 (best for any player at combine was 4.03)

    40-Yard Dash – 4.43 (among WRs at combine, Webb’s time would be 5th fastest)

    I wish Webb was a better WR though.

  2. He’s a great candidate for a team like the Lions that could use athletic weapons such as a speedy RB but have too many other needs to spend a high pick on one. Could be a good sleeper pick if he can last until the sleeper rounds after this showing.

  3. I really want Seattle to draft this guy. Think about it- 40 inch vert, 4.4, 32 reps! 11 foot broad jump to boot. This dude is a physical freak.

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