Takkarist McKinley-Edge UCLA

6-2, 250, (O) 4.59! S-1.61!

34 3/4" Arm! 24 Reps, 33" Vert,

10'2" Br, 7.48 4-Cone, 4.62 SS, 

The Water Boy. 

By TOM

He ran a 10.7 100-Meter dash in high school, which is just incredible. "Terrific speed off the edge," an anonymous scout said. "Perfect for a 3-4 linebacker in the NFL. Could be the next DeMarcus Ware. Freak athlete. Ran a 10.58 in the 100-meter." His biggest measurement for me at the Combine is going to be arm length. If he has 34" arms or better, he should go in the top 16.

He put 20-pounds of muscle on for the 2015 season. "Takk did a lot of the dirty work last year in the 3-4 front," his DL-coach Angus McClure said. "But he has abilities to rush from the outside, and lining him up on the outside every time is going to give him that opportunity. With his speed and power, he has an elite combination. Where he could be that explosive player." It all finally clicked in 2016 season.

2016: Named to the watch lists for Rotary Lombardi and Hendricks Award ... First-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection by the coaches ... Ranked 10th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.6), 11th in the nation in sacks (0.91) and 22nd in forced fumbles (0.27) ... He was second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss and third in sacks per game ... He was second in the Pac-12 in both categories ... His total of 18.0 tackles for loss tied for 11th on the all-time school season list ... His 10.0 sacks tied for 12th on that single season school list ... Had a season-best 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks vs. Utah ... Had a streak of eight straight games with a tackle for loss during the middle of the season ... Recorded a career-high 11 tackles in his final collegiate game at Cal ... Credited with at least five tackles in seven games.

This guy can run. "We’ve all seen him limp off the field and then a couple plays later run back on, and if it was anyone other than Takk you’d say he was doing it for dramatic effect," Mora said. "And that is absolutely not part of Takk’s repertoire. He’s something else. He is really a good player and everything you want in a player in terms of mindset, attitude, toughness, work ethic and just killer instinct. He’s really special." One of the toughest and most relentless prospects in the Draft. 

He played in a 3-4 the first time his junior season, and it didn't go was well as expected. "It was honestly my first time doing that," McKinley said. "It was new to me. I just had to suck it up and do it for the team. In the 4-3, there’s more space and I can use my speed more. Get to show why I’m going to be the best pass-rusher in the country." He has track speed that he brings to the football field.

I like him more on the strongside. "He’s kind of a war daddy," Mora said. "It’ll hurt, he’ll go out, then he’ll say, 'I gotta get back in there' and he just sucks it up." He used his hands and arms better this season.

They double him on the blindside sometimes. Gets to the QB with relentlessness. He can pop the OLT back, and slide inside while being Held, and grab the QB from the side for the sack. Plays mostly standing up, and doesn't always look comfortable with his hand down in the dirt. He is an speed OLB. 

When you give him the outside, he can run around the OT and the RB like no one else in this Draft. "He was my sleeper headed into the season, but that went out the window with the [great] season he had this year," an anonymous scout said. "I think he's a 2nd-rounder who needs time, but he'll probably get over-drafted. He's going to be a productive pro." Every team needs speed rushers who can get to the QB fast.

He gets stuck to blocks too much. He is a speed rusher that can win with more than just speed. "He brings the energy," Brown said. "We know he gives it his all. He does not like to be taken out of the game, like, no matter what hurts on him or how bad it hurts." When he wins the hand fights, he can use his speed to hit the QB. 

He will use his speed to the outside, to set up a nice inside rip to the QB. Rushes from both sides. He gets double on the strong side a lot. Nice job clubbing the OLT's arms off, and then can rip past him and flush the QB. He has a great agility to spin back and go and hit the QB when he takes off behind him. He has a little speed to power to push the ORT back three or four yard, but when it is a grabbing contest he is losing. 

He is the prototype all out all the time guy. "We acknowledged it last week," Jayon Brown said about McKinley's grit. "When you all get tired or get down on yourself, look at Takk. Takk’s out here giving it his all with a hurt shoulder, groin, whatever he has, he’s going to go out there and give it his all." Is there a better adjective for a football player than grit.

Nice inside move. Gets to the edge with nice speed. "I think Takk’s got all the tools," coach McClure said. "I think he has the mind-set. I think he has the physical abilities. He has the speed. And I think going to a four-man front, I think he’s going to have the ability to do that. We’re going to do everything we can to help him achieve his goals." Doesn't set the edge laterally. Likes to peek into the backfield and move laterally when not blocked.

Nice job getting inside position on the OLT when he sees the run. When he is locked in he can really explode upfield. He can abuse the OLT inside. He is terrific at bursting up field, reading the run, and then using his hands and feet to slice inside the OLT and hit the RB in the backfield. He is an all out all the time guy. He never seems to stop moving. Great speed and quickness. They say he ran a 4.5 at UCLA.

He can read when the OLT goes outside too much and flash inside with hands chopping and slapping the OLT's arms and hands. He can blast off upfield in the rush, and then find the RB in the backfield when the QB hands it off. He was 6th in the NCAA in sacks coming into the PAC 10 Champ game. He can stunt inside and get held up by the OC, then see the QB take off to the opposite side, and get all the way outside to him as he throws. He can really move on the field. He will be drafted in direct relation to his medicals.

Additional Notes:

Combine: He is an all out all the time speed rusher. He plays to his 4.5 speed on the field. He has great agility dipping around the corner. He is a JuCo kid. He played with such a bad shoulder that he had immediate surgery on his labrum after the Combine. This is a kid that you have to route for. He is tough as nails. When the doctor saw his shoulder he freaked out. "He was my sleeper headed into the season, but that went out the window with the season he had this year," a scout said. "I think he's a second rounder who needs time but he'll probably get overdrafted. He's going to be a productive pro." He could not believe he played the season with a ripped apart Labrum.

Smooth and explosive in drills at Combine. He can really move in space. Great quick feet moving backwards. He can cover some ground moving backwards in coverage. Great quick feet in bag drill. He didn't follow directions well in drills at Combine. He ran it the second time after watching everyone else, and killed it. Great feet moving laterally, forwards, and backwards. Nice job sinking his hips in stack and shed drill. He screwed up three drills at Combine. Caught the ball in hybrid drill. 

Washington: One of the smartest players I have ever seen at full speed on the field. His reactions at full speed are some of the best I've ever seen. What separates him from more of the rest are his instincts. Nice job stunting inside and dragging the OLT in the OLG, and pinning both inside so his teammate can loop behind him. He does a nice turning relentlessness to power. He plays the option with great restraint and technique. He has a good understanding of his responsibilities on defense, and knows how to carry them out. 

A&M: Great inside burst on the ORT to get in the backfield and tackle the RB. Slows his rush next to the QB too much. But he does naturally turn to the side and set the edge. He can get low on short yardage, get under the OLT and pop him back into the backfield, and find the RB for a TFL. Every once and a while he plays with great strength and leverage. Great arc agility. He can arc around the ORT, when the ORT blocks down on the DT, and slam into the RB in the backfield. When he can just blast off without thinking he is always better.

McKinley Vs Utah:

He lined up up on both sides of the line. Not a lot happened there except: the QB rolled away from McKinley, three blockers got a hand on him, and still got all the way around them (:03). This is what we've been waiting for, Takk Vs Bolles. Takk played the Option perfectly (:18). Setting the edge (:38). He held off Bolles with his long arms, until he could beat him around the corner (:48). This is just a great play (:58). He used his hands to fight off the TE. Then he turned and followed the the pulling ORT right into the RB.

He got to Bolles outside shoulder, and then crossed his face when the QB broke inside. He then shed Bolles with his hands (1:19). Watch this read. He burst past the ORT, and turned inside. He went to the RB, but saw he didn't have the ball. So he instantly turned back up field and took the QB down (1:30). That was a great play that showed his smarts and ability to react. He read it wrong, but his reaction was so good that he was able to sack the QB. That is how you play the option.

This may have been my favorite play of the college season. "I don’t know where that performance would rank," Mora said about his game against Utah. "But I can’t remember a whole lot that were better." I've never seen any thing like it.

First, it's odd they didn't block him with the ORT. They shifted the ORG outside to protect the edge on the best edge rusher they faced all season (1:39). He ripped his way past the ORG, and chicken winged him to the ground. That was a phenomenal example of his uncanny strength. Then he had a free shot at the QB. Watch the great hit as he slammed into him from the side. That was a very nice Sack. But then McKinley jumped off the QB with the ball in his hands like if was a fumble. 

Watch this play. I don't care what anyone says, I will take a guy who can make a play like this on my team any time. Now you may say it is luck, but I say it is incredible brains under fire (1:51). Good lord, it maybe an "interesting concept" but some times you just have to have your OTs block the speed guys, period. That is why the guards are inside, and the Tackles are outside. The ORT actually picked the ORG a little.

Takk is not a guy who fools around. Watch the slight move inside, and the elite reaction to the ORT blocking down. He instant exploded outside, dug his foot in, and cut back inside. The ORG actually did a nice job bringing an over hand chop down on his inside shoulder. You can see it shocked his whole body. But watch the elite reaction to the late block. He just ripped him with such bend that he broke in front of the QB. Watch the freakish strength as he sheds another OL in a way that sent him to the ground. Then he dived into the QB and hit him five yards sideways. Great hit.

But what separated him from the rest are his instincts. His ability to think on his feet. He turned so quickly that he was face to face with the ball (2:03). He dived at the QB, and hit his shoulder. His right arm went around the ball. Watch his right arm instantly pull the ball right out of the QBs hands. That happened in less than a split second. That is an impossible strip sack. I honestly have never seen anything like that before. Am I overrating him because of that play? Maybe. but I'll take a passrusher with his speed, all out all the time hustle, and someone how can react that quickly in less than a split second. 

Watch this explosion off the snap. I think he might have the best blast off in this draft. He tried a Rip and shoulder club to turn the corner, but Bolles held onto this shirt. However, he did scare the QB out of the pocket (2:34). He used his hands to shed the ORT again (2:51). Watch the COD as he snapped outside so fast that he almost wiped himself out. Then the hustle as he ran to the sideline, and dived out to hit the QB as he stepped out of bounds.

Watch the inside move on the stunt. He did a great job powering Bolles into the OLG so the DT could swing outside free to the QB. But he did get a little greedy, and then tried to turn up field, and got in the way of his teammate (3:03). He drew a holding call on Bolles, and still almost got to the QB with COD (3:21). A players value is not always judged in production. The great ones are judged by how much they effect the opponents game plan (3:54). 3-Man rush. 

Watch the speed to power as he crashed into Bolles, and then shoved the RB 3-yards backwards. Then the OLG slid over to help. Anytime a player gets tripled teamed by the opponents O-line, then you know the other teams coaches are genuinely afraid of him. He didn't get the sack. But he scared the QB into panicking as he was being tripled, which caused him to run into the other rushers.

This is a nice example of his relentlessness. He set the edge nicely, and took the big hit from the OLG. Then he shed him and got in on the tackle (4:05). Watch how he got fooled by the play action. Then the great reaction to shed Bolles with his hands (4:51). Watch the explosion inside to go and get the RB on the Dive (5:12). Here he is lined up at MLB (5:22). Speed rush to the QB (5:54). He just beat Bolles to the edge with explosion, turned the corner, and knocked the ball out. 

Watch the speed around the corner, and then the presents of mind. He got his elbow into Bolles gut, as Bolles punched him in the neck. But he was still able to hold Bolles off as he continued his turn to the QB (6:09). Then he slapped his other hand down on the QB's arm and knocked the ball out. But the ball bounced luckily right back into the QB hands. 

He has QB first responsibility in the option. Watch him read the QB, and see the ball is gone. Watch the great snap inside to the RB. That is some nice suddenness in his shoulders to go and get the RB  (7:30). They lined up three guys in front of him between him and the QB (7:00). He put speed to power and knock the tight end back, and then shed him with his hands. Then Utah just kept running away from McKinley.

Williams cut back inside, and Takk found him. Listen to the hit as he knocked the RB sideways right off his feet (9:47). They forgot who Takk was, and tried to chop him. Takk burst inside the chop block with a two hand chop of his own, and broke to the QB and sacked him again (9:54). And that ball popped out of the QB's hands again. That was his third forced fumble. 

Watch the stunt under two teammates, and how far around he had to go through traffic to take the QB off his feet again (10:26). Watch this hustle through all the traffic, and he almost got him on the opposite sideline (11:00). He got caught under the ORT. Then he spun outside (11:26). Watch the elite speed and hustle as he gave chase and ran past two smaller players like they were standing still.

Okay, LOL. I'm just not sure how he missed this tackle, and neither is he (11:50). Watch how scared the QB is of him in the 4th quarter with the game on line. "Please don't kill me," the QB screamed as Takk squealed like the Water Boy giving chase (12:00). How in the hell did the Water Boy make that tackle (12:38). I can still hear him squealing from here.

McKinley Vs Utah:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXOQ4IN-tAo

McKinley Bio:

2016: Named to the watch lists for Rotary Lombardi and Hendricks Award ... First-team All-Pac-12 Conference selection by the coaches ... Ranked 10th nationally in tackles for loss per game (1.6), 11th in the nation in sacks (0.91) and 22nd in forced fumbles (0.27) ... He was second in the Pac-12 in tackles for loss and third in sacks per game ... He was second in the Pac-12 in both categories ... His total of 18.0 tackles for loss tied for 11th on the all-time school season list ... His 10.0 sacks tied for 12th on that single season school list ... Had a season-best 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks vs. Utah ... Had a streak of eight straight games with a tackle for loss during the middle of the season ... Recorded a career-high 11 tackles in his final collegiate game at Cal ... Credited with at least five tackles in seven games.

2015: Appeared in 13 games and made 12 starts along the defensive line ... Tied for 10th on the team in tackles (35) ... Third on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks ... Also was credited with four pass breakups ... Made a season-high six tackles in the win at Utah ... Had five games each in games vs. Colorado and at Oregon State (3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks).

2014: Entered UCLA in the fall quarter of 2014, after joining the team for game four of the season ... Saw action in 10 games, with one start (at California) ... Saw his first action in game four against Arizona State ... Credited with six tackles, 3.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks ... Had two tackles, one for loss, at Cal ... Had one sack each in back-to-back games at Washington and vs. USC.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Attended Contra Costa College from June 2013-Septempber 2014 ... Played one season of football for Coach Carter ... Was named first-team all-league after totaling 33 tackles, 18 for loss, and 10 sacks.

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