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2017 Draft Prospects: Edge Rushers – Part 2

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ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 05: Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33), linebacker Ben Gedeon (42), and linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) make a tackle during game action between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan Wolverines (2/2) on November 5, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 05: Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33), linebacker Ben Gedeon (42), and linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) make a tackle during game action between the Maryland Terrapins and the Michigan Wolverines (2/2) on November 5, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Takkarist McKinley

It’s quite obvious that Takkarist McKinley is not an athlete to take lightly. Analysts around the league have praised McKinley for his general dominance on the field. He has a remarkable ability to make a positive impact for his team whether it be at linebacker or rushing the edge. The former UCLA stud uses his body and leverage to propel athletes backward almost seamlessly. For UCLA, McKinley was able to provide a bigger impact than the Bruins could ever have imagined. Not only has he produced consistent constant pressure for the team, but McKinley has been able to make big impacts for UCLA when the team needed him most.

Although I don’t see much technique when I watch films of McKinley, I do see a lot of promise. Takkarist is more than obviously a talented, gifted athlete. Don’t get me wrong. I’d just like to see more finesse and technique going forward to his transition into the NFL. Now beyond those slight miscues, I do think Takkarist McKinley’s skill set will allow him to transition well into the NFL. It will only take a bit of smoothing out at first. He’s shown a lot of promise, and potential, at least from what I’ve seen. I’m looking forward to following his professional career.

Next: Roy's Mock Draft 2.0

There are certainly more than a handful of names worth discussing in regards to this years class of edge rushers. Stay tuned as I plan on continuing this series as the weeks progress.

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