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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S Xavier McKinney

Big Board ranking: #41

Positional ranking: #3



Position: S

College: Alabama

Class: Junior

Age: 21



Height: 6’0 3/8”

Weight: 201 lbs.

Arm length: 30 7/8”

Hand size: 8 5/8”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.63

Vertical jump: 36.0”

Broad jump: 122.0”

Bench press: 19 reps

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A



Versatile defensive back. Intelligent and instinctive. Excellent pursuit. Comes down fast in run support. Big hitter. Plays with tremendous physicality. Twitchy. Great in man-to-man coverage. Natural cover skills. Extremely comfortable covering in the slot. Very good feet and quickness. Plus play recognition in zone coverage. Attacks the football. Will force turnovers with big hits or strips. Good ball skills. High points the ball in the air. Strong tackler. Breaks down to make tackles in space. Protects the sticks on third down. Can lineup as a dime linebacker or near the line of scrimmage. Great timing/burst as a blitzer. Tough and competitive.



Sometimes comes downhill out of control to make a tackle as a deep safety. Average range as a single-high safety.


NFL comparison

Patrick Chung



Overall, McKinney is a versatile safety prospect that plays with impressive physicality and finds a way to make things happen all over the field. He can be a single-high safety, but the best fit for McKinney is likely a multi-purpose role that features him in the box or in the slot where he can be close to the action.


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