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Draft Scout Jerick McKinnon News
08/25/14 - RB Jerick McKinnon, the rookie third-round draft pick, has looked like the change-of-pace, scat-back player he was advertised to be. He had six carries for 43 yards against Kansas City. That's a 7.2-yard average highlighted by a 24-yard weave through traffic. It doesn't matter if you call McKinnon or veteran Matt Asiata the No. 2 back behind Adrian Peterson. Both running backs bring significant skills to the table. Asiata is a power back with a little wiggle and a strong pass protector.
08/10/14 - RB Jerick McKinnon's team highs for carries (12) and yards rushing (45) didn't jump off the page following Friday's 10-6 preseason win over the Raiders. But watch the tape and one will see glimpses of the kind of speed and shiftiness that the Vikings haven't had in a third-down back in years. The key for the rookie being able to play consistently this season is his ability to develop as a pass protector. That won't be easy considering he wasn't asked to pass protect at Georgia Southern.
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 3/96 - Jerick McKinnon, RB, 5-9, 209, Georgia Southern...McKinnon was primarily a triple-option quarterback at the FCS school. He also played tailback, receiver, fullback and even a couple games at cornerback. The Vikings said they'll use him as a third-down, change-of-pace back behind Adrian Peterson, who lost his backup, Toby Gerhart, to free agency. McKinnon, a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago, has the speed, agility, burst and unusual strength - he led all running backs at the combine with 32 reps in the bench press - to be the kind of change of pace that Turner likes to utilize in his offensive packages. - The Sports Xchange
02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 3. Mike Mamula might be the most famous workout warrior in combine history. Scouts are left to wonder who among this year's class could someday join him in infamy. One player who certain to have scouts returning to the film room was Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon, a former option quarterback and running back who may have turned in the best all-around workout of any player tested at this year's combine. The 5-9, 209-pounder showed off blazing speed (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash), explosiveness (40.5" vertical) and power (32 reps of 225 pounds). Perhaps best of all, he showed quickness and balance in the change-of-direction tests, running the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds and the short-shuttle in 4.12 seconds. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/13 - Two Georgia Southern Eagles, running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks have officially been invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl. The prestigious football game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and serves as a showcase of talent for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts as well as representatives from other professional football leagues. Both McKinnon and Westbrooks, members of the South team, will participate in the week of practice sessions and workouts leading up to the game in Mobile. "The Senior Bowl is a wonderful opportunity for Jerick and Lavelle to represent our program and Georgia Southern University and be coached by NFL staffs," said Coach Jeff Monken. "We are obviously excited for them and wish them all the luck in the world as they embark on their professional careers."
McKinnon, with back-to-back seasons with 1,000-yard rushing totals, finished third all-time on Georgia Southern's career rushing list with 3,899 yards and tied for sixth with 42 career rushing touchdowns. From Marietta, Ga., McKinnon played three different positions in the backfield for the Eagles in his senior season and recorded six games of 100 or more yards of rushing in 2013. - Georgia Southern football