Verone McKinley III

Verone McKinley III

Measurements
  • Height
    5100
  • Hand
    9 1/8
  • VJ
    35
  • Weight
    198lbs
  • Arm
    30 5/8
  • Speed
S Combine Averages
  • Height
    5117
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    204lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/4
  • Speed
    4.56
Jared Hammond - Scout
Verone McKinley III
  • Overall Rank
    115
  • Position Rank
    11
  • Position
    S
  • Team
    OREGON

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2018 3 3 0 0.00 0
2019 14 46 6 0.61 0
2020 7 41 3 0.82 0
2021 14 78 12 0.49 0

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Average size for the position. Possesses a thick build from his shoulders to his knees. Average length but uses it well. Adequate frame/durability. Needs to add more definition to his upper body and hasn't missed significant time due to injury.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Above the line toughness. Looks to be physical when he can, when he's block shedding or going for the ball carrier. Likes to get in on tackle piles as well. Above the line instincts. Reads QBs eyes and movements with precision but this will lead him to occasionally getting fooled. Adequate effort/motor.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

McKinley shows above the line explosion in his play which is showcased best when he's closing on receivers or the ball in coverage. Has average speed but creates the illusion of being faster than he really is due to the angles he takes. Adequate body control and balance. Struggled at times changing direction but showed adequate COD overall. Average flexibility/bend which shows specifically when needing to slightly change his angles and when he moves through traffic close to the LOS. Adequate play strength that allowed him to shed blockers of all sizes but did so inconsistently due to arm length.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    5
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 5.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

McKinley possesses above the line burst to close after he processes his reads. He closes on ball carriers and passes with precision. He takes two or three steps to get going when he chases after plays, giving him an adequate plant and drive. He has limited twitch/suddenness which is shown when he weaves through traffic or tries to slightly adjust his angle of pursuit when, he struggles to do so. Adequate run support despite being an average tackler because he is a good processor and adequate block shedder. Adequate coverage ability–could struggle in man situations at the next level due to some of his average athletic traits. Possesses adequate hip fluidity and an average backpedal when moving horizontally and gaining depth in zone. Outstanding ball skills for the position. Has 11 career interceptions because he reads + reacts to a quarterback’s eyes and movements with above the line instincts and drives on the ball with above the line burst to close.

  • Hip Fluidity
    6
  • Burst to Close
    7
  • Plant and Drive
    6
  • Run Support
    6
  • Cover Ability
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    4
  • Backpedal
    5
  • Ball Skills
    8
Grade 6.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
McKinley was recruited as a cornerback out of high school and was an early enrollee in 2018 for Oregon. He moved to safety once he got to Oregon and led the PAC 12 in interceptions in 2019 with 4 and then led the PAC 12 and the FBS with 6 interceptions in his redshirt junior 2021 season. McKinley projects as a winning backup in the NFL. His above the line instincts and burst to close will allow him to find the ball and create turnovers in coverage which will be coveted at the next level. He'll also be effective enough in run defense and has the toughness and physicality to find a role on special teams early in his career. If he can add a little more to his frame and improve his tackling form and ability he can develop into a starting caliber safety.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Ohio State
  • Sep - 11 - 2021
  • Got his hands on the football and broke up passes using his two best traits–his burst to close and instincts.
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT UCLA
  • Oct - 23 - 2021
  • Got baited by the QBs eyes into some bad coverage positions and has some missed tackles after the catch.
Best Trait
Ball Skills
Pro Comparison
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