On Friday, Mississippi State announced that Bulldogs LB Benardrick McKinney is set to relinquish his season as a senior so he can declare for the league draft. NFL fans all over the country can’t wait to see where the player could end up, and bookmaker software services believe that he could prove to be a very important piece in the pro ranks.
In each one of the last two seasons, the player, who’s a redshirt junior, was Mississippi State’s best tackler. In 39 games played in his career, he was able to record 7.5 sacks, 244 tackles, and 19.5 tackles for a loss. This past season, he won first-team All-SEC honors.
McKinney, who weighs 249 pounds and stands at 6-foot-5, is considered by many experts to be the NFL draft’s number 1 inside LB, something that does not come as a surprise to many of the player’s fans.
“I have decided to enter the NFL draft and look forward to the next chapter,” said McKinney in a released statement. “I can’t thank enough my coaches, teammates and the Bulldog fans for the memories we have created over the years. It’s been a privilege to be a part of one of the best teams in school history.”
Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen was also not surprised at all by the decision made by the player to join the NFL. This past spring, the coach was speaking with the player about joining the draft after he decided to return and feature for his season as a redshirt junior.
“We fully support Benardrick’s decision and know he is ready for the next level,” said the coach. “He has been a tremendous leader for our football team both on and off the field. His work ethic and intelligence make him a valuable first-round prospect for any NFL team.”
The LB is set to join RB Josh Robinson as underclassmen for Mississippi State who decided to declare for the NFL draft. Many fans would like to see which teams will bid for the players, and can’t wait to find out.
NFL fans everywhere believe that very big changes will done in the league before the new season gets underway, and they’re very excited to find out about the new players to join the league. Bookmaker software services are confident that McKinney can be the perfect addition to an NFL, and should have no trouble at all joining the big boys of the sport.