Benardrick McKinney made the decision to forgo his final year at Mississippi State and enter the NFL Draft as a junior.
Not only will the linebacker fulfill a dream when he is selected but McKinney will also be in attendance when his name is called. He is one of a handful of prospects that were invited to attend the NFL Draft which will be held at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago on April 30-May 2.
McKinney is the first Bulldogs player to be invited to attend the NFL Draft since Darius Slay in 2013.
McKinney is projected as a second round selection by CBS Sports and the No. 2 inside linebacker in the draft. The 6-foot-4, 246-pounder is also rated the 45th best player overall in the draft.
The Tunica native led the Bulldogs in tackles his final two seasons and finished with 244 career stops. McKinney also added 19 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
At the NFL Combine, McKinney ran a 4.66 forty yard dash, did 16 bench press reps at 225-pounds and had a 40.5-inch vertical jump. He did individual drills during MSU’s on-campus pro day but did not test.
McKinney met with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday and is also set to visit the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens. He was forced to cancel a visit with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday due to an illness.