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Denver Broncos Trade Up Eight Spots, Select WR, Kenny McKinley, South Carolina

This is a pick Broncos fans will learn to dig, just give it a little time. After seeing the WR board devastated in the third round, Denver waited like a crouching lion to pounce on McKinley. they just had to knock some other teams out of the way to do it, is all.

At A Glance
Position 1: Wide Receiver Height: 6-1
Position 2: Weight: 189
Class: Senior Age:
Projected Round: 4th-5th 40time: 4.37
Combine/Proday Results
Bench Reps: X Vertical: 37
20yd Split: 2.53 Broad Jump: 9'5"
10yd Split: 1.46 20yd Shuttle: 4.10
3 Cone Drill: 6.96

Pros: Good initial quickness off the snap. Not a real physical player, but uses his hands and lateral quickness well to get a clean release off the line of scrimmage. Savvy route-runner. Good short-area burst and is a cognizant route-runner. Varies his speed and utilizes his good body control to generate separation against tight coverage. Reliable hands for the reception. Strong hands to snatch the ball out of the air. Good body control to contort in space and make the difficult reception. Knows where the sticks and sidelines are. Can take a pop and hang on. Wastes no time getting upfield after the reception. Good vision in the open field and can generate positive yards after the reception.

Cons: Lanky, almost skinny build that could use additional mass, but not at the expense of losing speed, another area of concern. Lacks the straight-line speed to challenge deep or to break away after a short or intermediate reception. Can be caught from behind. Characterized as a tough player, but can be intimidated with a good pop early. Can get alligator arms going over the middle.

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There was nothing notable at the time about the fact that, on Sept. 24, 2005, Kenny McKinley failed to catch a ball in South Carolina's 45-20 rout of Troy. After all, McKinley was not a yet a star of the Gamecocks' offense, and South Carolina will still getting far more attention nationally for its new coach, Steve spurrier, than for anything happening on the field.

No, there was nothing remarkable about the fact that Kenny McKinley went a whole game without a catch. Except that it was the last time it would ever happen.

For the rest of his college career, spanning 43 games, McKinley was the one thing Gamecock fans could count on despite a ferris wheel at quarterback, an offensive line that couldn't block a punching bag and a run game in which positive yardage was often far more elusive than the backs themselves. He was going to catch the ball at least once, and often several more times.


Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • After missing three games with a hamstring injury this past season, South Carolina receiver Kenny McKinley returned for the bulk of the SEC schedule on a right leg that was never 100 percent.

    But McKinley did not feel the same obligation to play in the Senior Bowl, pulling out three days before the game after tweaking his hamstring. The decision led some Senior Bowl coaches and executives to question the toughness of a player known at USC for his fearlessness going over the middle. [see more...]
  • "I wanted to prove that I could keep my size," said McKinley. "I weighed in at 189 at the Combine and came in today and weighed 190. I've been eating well and training hard, so I've been able to stay up there in the high 80s and 90s. I believed I came in and showed them I can run great routes and have good hands. I let my stuff on the field speak, so hopefully somebody will pick me up. I believe I've done everything I could do to go as high as I could go (in the draft)." [see more...]
  • Adequate height...Great leaper...Very good hands...Nice ball skills and body control...Elusive with terrific vision and instincts...Very quick and agile with a burst...Runs good routes and knows how to get open...Tough and will work the middle...Can do some damage after the catch...Smart with good awareness...Could also contribute as a return man...Great production...A lot of experience against elite competition. [see more...]
  • McKinley has been a mainstay at wide receiver in South Carolina for years now. In the shadow of Sidney Rice throughout his first two seasons as a Gamecock, McKinley still started six games as a freshman and 13 games as a sophomore. After Rice's departure, McKinley really took off as a junior in 2007. He caught 77 passes for 968 yards and nine touchdowns, and was named First-Team All-SEC by the coaches and the AP. Injuries had never been a problem for McKinley, but they are starting to creep up so that could be a concern among NFL scouts. He had surgery on his big toe during this past off-season, but was ready to go well before the start of the regular season. [see more....]