Benardrick McKinney
Benardrick McKinney
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Miami Dolphins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired in a trade from Houston, McKinney’s role is somewhat undefined but his IDP apparent all the same. The Dolphins need a player like McKinney, and he's an athletic player with a history of NFL production. At 6-4, 246, with a 4.66 40 and 40.5-inch vertical, McKinney is huge but explosive and can play either inside or outside linebacker. Alternating between inside and the edge could limit his per-snap tackle production, but (A) that's not a given and (B) even if so, it would put McKinney in position to feast as a blitzer in what should be a high-pressure Miami defense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million restructured contract with the Dolphins in July of 2021.
Practices at minicamp
LBMiami Dolphins
July 9, 2021
McKinney (shoulder) participated in June's mandatory minicamp, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
ANALYSIS
McKinney played four games for the Texans in 2020 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in October. During that brief time, the 2015 second-round pick generated 37 tackles and a pass breakup. McKinney is expected to immediately slot into a starting linebacker role in Miami.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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Miami DolphinsDolphins 2020 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

86884%
81179%
57155%
47946%
40239%
20720%
848%
464%
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Measurables Review
How do Benardrick McKinney's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
257 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.27 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.21 sec
 
Vertical Jump
40.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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McKinney's recovery from offseason ankle surgery will warrant monitoring, but if he's prepared for Week 1 then he should approach LB2 utility in most IDP formats. His upside as an IDP appears limited aside from the ankle question, however. McKinney's pass rush impact has all but disappeared since he posted five sacks in 2016, totaling just 1.5 over the last two years, and fellow linebacker Zach Cunningham steals the higher share of tackle production. McKinney is highly athletic and generally plays well on the real field, but for IDP purposes his returns probably diminish a bit.
McKinney is likely better on the real field than in IDP scoring, as his tackle rate dropped from 129 on 920 snaps in 2016 to 200 tackles over his 1,883 snaps since then. The Houston run defense was strong all the while, though his IDP owners couldn't cash in on that fact. There's still hope for McKinney given that he could by pure luck return to his former tackle rate, and beyond that he has standout blitzing upside despite only one sack last year. McKinney totaled eight sacks over the two years prior, so a 120-tackle, four-sack season wouldn't surprise.
One of the top size/speed specimens on this list, McKinney (6-4, 250) boasts 4.66 speed, a 40.5-inch vertical, and a pass-rushing skill set that implies breakout IDP potential despite a down year in 2017. His snap count actually increased from 2016 to last year, yet McKinney fell below triple-digit tackles after posting 129 the year before. He should split the difference at worst in 2018, and with all of J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus expected back healthy, McKinney's blitzing and turnover opportunities should swing upward, too.
One of the league's top athletes, McKinney is huge at 6-4, 260, but boasts 4.66 speed and a 41-inch vertical. That size and range makes him a unique dual-threat as a tackler and pass rusher, and in 2016 he put himself on the map as a top IDP linebacker. That he did it on just 920 defensive snaps at age 23 gives hope that he can reach even greater heights in his third NFL season. Additionally, the Texans could have more leads this year with Deshaun Watson replacing Brock Osweiler, which could yield more blitzing opportunities.
Brian Cushing has long been the face of Houston's LB crew, but it may be time for McKinney to claim the distinction for himself. The Texans clearly had big plans, investing a 2015 second-round pick (43rd overall) in the MSU product. He was brought along slowly as a rookie, logging just 411 snaps on defense, but the fact that McKinney finished with 63 tackles implies he's ready for more. Huge (6-foot-4, 246 pounds) and highly-athletic for his build, McKinney has the tools to project as an eventual source of sacks and interceptions, in addition to 130-tackle upside.
The Texans traded up in the second round to draft McKinney at 43rd overall this spring. He’s got an outside linebacker’s build, but played inside linebacker at Mississippi State, where he led the team in tackles the last two seasons. While it looks like he fits on the outside, there are some quickness and technique issues he’ll need to incorporate before making that transition. Otherwise, he can stay at inside linebacker, a position of need for the Texans.
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Dealt to Miami
LBMiami Dolphins
Shoulder
March 14, 2021
The Texans are trading McKinney (shoulder) to the Dolphins in exchange for Shaq Lawson and a late-round pick swap, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Moves to injured reserve
LBHouston Texans
Shoulder
October 13, 2020
McKinney (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Done for season
LBHouston Texans
Shoulder
October 12, 2020
McKinney (shoulder) will be placed on injured reserve and miss the rest of the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Unavailable against Jaguars
LBHouston Texans
Shoulder
October 11, 2020
McKinney (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.
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Questionable against Jaguars
LBHouston Texans
Shoulder
October 9, 2020
McKinney (shoulder) was limited in practice all week and is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
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