Takka Time is officially here! The Falcons traded up to get their guy in the first-round, and Dan Quinn cannot stop raving about how excited he is to have McKinley join the team. Atlanta needed to upgrade across the defensive line, especially in regard to their pass rush. Last year’s team was a lot better at sacking the quarterback than previous seasons, but there is still a long way to go in that area. The team cannot rely on Vic Beasley recording 15.5 sacks every season. McKinley adds another pure pass rusher to this defense that should take a lot of pressure of Beasley and the rest of the defensive line.
McKinley, if everything goes as planned, will be the opening day starter across from Beasley. The two combined should be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Just like McKinley will make Beasley’s life easier, Beasley will give McKinley a legitimate shot at becoming a star his rookie season. He should have at least a couple more sacks than Beasley did his rookie campaign.
McKinley is not just one-tool wonder, who can only get after the quarterback. He had 51 total tackles last season with 18 of them going for loss. He has terrific instincts to get off blocks and a relentless motor to make plays across the field. With Quinn’s enthusiasm regarding McKinley, and the talent surrounding him, expect some impressive numbers from McKinley in his rookie year.
2017 Stat predictions
Tackles for Loss: 12.5
Forced Fumbles: 1