Scott McKillop, ILB, Pittsburgh

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Scott McKillop, ILB, Pittsburgh

Postby Pudge » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:36 am

Scott McKillop
6-1/245 Pittsburgh
4.80 Senior

Pros: A smart player with a good nose for the ball and solid instincts. Is a good tackler that rarely misses a stop in the open field. Does a good job at the point of attack, gets off blocks and can make the play vs. the inside run. Is a capable blitzer that does a nice job attacking the line of scrimmage. Has good closing burst. Is comfortable working in zone coverage and shows nice awareness.

Cons: Lacks ideal speed and quickness to match up in coverage at the next level. Doesn't have speed to really make a lot of plays outside the hash marks. Not really a physical hitter or tackler.

Overview: McKillop is a solid run-stopping middle man that is very productive. He was a key factor in the reason why Pittsburgh upset West Virginia late in 2007 as he blanketed Pat White very well. Combined for 288 tackles, including 180 solo tackles in two years as a starter.

NFL Forecast: McKillop would probably work best as a 3-4 inside linebacker, but could also work well as a 4-3 middle linebacker. The thing that you worry about McKillop is his ability in coverage. He's comfortable working in coverage, but will struggle matching up with the quicker and stronger players in the NFL. He really has just average speed and quickness. But he's one of those players that can beat the odds. It would not surprise me at all that he still manages to become an impact defensive player. In this way, he reminds me of Zach Thomas who also lacked NFL measurables. He is a steady, consistent player that does a good job vs. the inside run. He's not a liability in coverage, but would probably work best as a two-down player. If that happens, a team should find themselves with a capable, and productive starter. I doubt he is the impact player that Thomas was, but he could be a solid starter in the middle for either a 4-3 or 3-4 team.

ATL Forecast: McKillop is good enough to challenge Lofton for the starting middle job. Frankly, if the Falcons drafted him they would probably be better off starting him in the middle and moving Lofton to weakside linebacker since he's much more capable of playing it than Lofton. McKillop could start here in Atlanta and be just as effective if not more so a middle man as Lofton can be. He's not as athletic and rangy as Lofton though. He would probably start here in Atlanta, but based on you moving Lofton away from his natural position, which isn't a great idea.

Value: McKillop for some team looking for a middle man, should be a Day 2 pick. He wouldn't be a reach late in the third round, but is probably more at home in the fourth.
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