Posted: 10:00 am Monday, February 24th, 2014

NFL combine: Georgia Southern’s Jerick McKinnon put on a show 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Georgia Southern running back Jerick Mckinnon, who went to Sprayberry High,  runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Georgia Southern running back Jerick Mckinnon, who went to Sprayberry High, runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS – Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon, of Sprayberry High, lifted 225-pounds 32 times, which was tops for the running backs at the NFL scouting combine on Sunday.

McKinnon ran the sixth fastest 40-yard dash (4.41 seconds officially), had the second-best vertical jump of 40.5 inches and had the second-best broad jump of 11 feet.

“As far as the running backs, I think (Jerick) McKinnon from Georgia Southern is a real wild card in this draft…He had a big day,” NFL Network draft analyst MIke Mayock said.

In today’s NFL, running backs are not valued as high for the draft. There wasn’t a running back selected in the first round last season.

“The kid from North Carolina that went to Cincinnati (Giovani Bernard) had a phenomenal season,” Mayock said. “(Eddie) Lacy, the kid from Alabama that went to Green Bay, had a phenomenal season, so their impact on their two teams was significant.

“So, I don’t think it’s anything negative on the running back; I just think that it’s a pass-first league now so you’re seeing a lot of different draft picks getting pushed up ahead.”

Mayock believes the group of running backs for the 2014 draft, which is set for May 8-10, is talented.

“I think this running back group A) is talented, B) is deep and C) you kind of have to filter through it to see who you like because there are a lot of different flavors out there depending on what kind of offense you run,” Mayock said.

Before the combine, NFLdraftscout.com had McKinnon rated as the 17th best back in the draft and projected that he’d be selected in the sixth or seventh round.

Georgia Southern running back Jerick Mckinnon runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Georgia Southern running back Jerick Mckinnon runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

 

13 comments
ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

5 ' 9 " and 209 lbs., unrated by ESPN 2010 when Georgia Southern University gave him a scholarship, scored the winning TD against Florida this season on 125 yards rushing against the gators on just 9 carries, also played QB for the Eagles.  Can be special teams' return man as well. 


Aaron Murray 6' 0 " at NFL Combines is supposed to be drafted and Jerick McKinnon, is not ?


http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/combine/2014/UGA/ALL


AJ-C rated Jerick McKinnon 1st Team All-State 2010.


Lester Norwood earned four letters 1998-2002 as a starter and as back-up at free safety for the Florida gators, and this is Jerick McKinnon's brother.


4.41 NFL Combines 40-yard dash and 40.5 vertical jump, should have a better NFL career than Aaron Murray, obviously.

EagleDawg1
EagleDawg1

J Mac is an all round great player. He is a good guy with a good work ethic. I believe that the team that drafts him will be pleasantly surprised.


GATA!

StingerSplash
StingerSplash

Glengarryross, I saw a lot of games McKinnon played. Kid is something else. Played quarterback. Played slotback. Played fullback. And when the team was out of defensive backs for a playoff game, played cornerback and had two picks. Great player, great leader, great young man. Some team is going to be getting an absolute steal when they draft him.

Stargazer II
Stargazer II

Thanks for noting that McKinnon went to Sprayberry. I'm always interested in where these players are from.

Glengarryross
Glengarryross

Great combine by this kid.. I just watched the game where they beat Florida and this kid is an athletic phenom...  Falcons open your eyes GA Southern is in you back yard...  I'm sold on this kid...

Contractor1
Contractor1

Excellent showing by the young man. 

The Falcons need to hold out till next year to draft a back when Yeldon and Gurley come out.  We need a young bruiser with speed, agility, and the experience playing in a tough league like the SEC.  Both of the guys I just mentioned played as freshmen, over 1,000 yards, and have the tools.

notPlanB
notPlanB

I'm for using and grading the ones we have first. (opposed by MS) but I wouldn't mind using one of our 7th round picks on this guy.

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

He sound liek he culd be a real fine but the Flacons MUST drat Johnny Fottball if they want 2 go 2 the Superbowel. 

warfalcon
warfalcon

This could be a good pick in the late rounds. He will be motivated because of his small school, gems can be found in small schools.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Get an O line first. Then a running game will develop. 

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