What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about JERICK MCKINNON: Georgia Southern, 5087, 209, 4.38. Four-year starter as an option quarterback who projects to an NFL running back. Compact and powerful build. Put up 225 pounds 32 times at the Combine. Rushed for 3899 yards in his career. A talented and athletic back who was invited to the Senior Bowl after rushing for 125 yards on 9 carries in an upset of Florida. A patient runner who cuts off his blockers and can burst through a seam in the defense. Has an extra gear to pull away from the secondary in the open field. Ascending skills and upside based on measurables. Will need pro technique and physical development. 2013 stats: 1050 yds, 6.5 ypc, 12 TD, 3 rec, 23 yds. OSR:1/36. Fourth/fifth round. (A-30 1/4, H-8 5/8, BP-32, SS-4.12).
From the 2014 Ourlads’ Review: McKinnon was too good of an athlete for the Vikings to pass up after he knocked the lights out at the Combine with his performance. A four year starter as an option quarterback, the compact and powerful runner projects as the pass catching complement to Adrian Peterson. He demonstrated soft hands, sharp cutting ability, and a sudden North-South upfield burst in mini camp. As with all running back rookies, McKinnon must learn to pass protect before he gets on the field.