2009 Draft Results

Draft Analysis

McKillop's a blue-collar, instinctive football player who has a knack for finding the football. However, he is a limited athlete who will need to get stronger when caught in phone-booth situations.

Draft Results

Overall Football Traits

Production2As a true freshman in 2005, McKillop appeared in all 11 games finishing with 27 total tackles and 13 unassisted tackles. He continued to provide depth in 2006 when he appeared in all 12 games finishing with 29 total tackles, 18 unassisted tackles, two tackles-for-loss, one sack and one pass breakup. McKillop moved into the starting lineup in 2007 and played in all 12 games. He led the nation in total tackles per game (151 total tackles and 12.58 tackles per game) including 98 unassisted tackles and nine tackles-for-loss. McKillop also recorded three sacks, intercepted a pass, broke up seven passes, recovered two fumbles and forced two fumbles. He started all 13 games in 2008 accumulating 137 total tackles including 82 solo tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss and four sacks. McKillop also intercepted two passes and broke up four passes. He earned first team All-Big East honors as well as AP second-team All-American honors in 2008.
Height-Weight-Speed4Adequate height and bulk top-end speed is slightly below average.
Durability2Slowed by an ankle injury during 2008 spring practices but durability doesn't appear to be a substantial concern.
Intangibles2Developed into a vocal leader of the Panthers' defense on and off the field. Extremely hard worker.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Inside Linebacker Specific Traits

Instincts/Recognition2As a run defender, locates the ball carrier quickly and rarely takes false steps. Helps teammates get lined up and is a leader on the field. At times, plays run first and vulnerable to play action.
Pursuit/Point of Attack3Lacks prototypical range but it's adequate. Does a sound job of keeping shoulders square when scraping down the line. However struggles to get off blocks at times especially when caught in phone booth situations with bigger offensive lineman. Also plays a little too upright and can get driven back by interior offensive linemen.
Tackling1Squares up, wraps upon contact and flashes the ability to deliver the big hit.
Pass Coverage3Hips a re a bit stiff, doesn't explode out of cuts and lacks the burst to run with most NFL backs in man coverage. Gets good depth when dropping into zone coverage, reads quarterbacks' eyes and shows adequate closing speed when receivers catch the ball in front of him. Lacks elite ball skills and isn't much of a playmaker in coverage.
Pass Rusher3Times the snap well and has adequate initial quickness but tries to run through blockers too much and needs to develop pass rush moves.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal