And so it begins.
Takkarist McKinley was the very first 2017 prospect profiled here at BTB back in January. At 6-2, 250 pounds he is a bit undersized for a defensive end but he has great speed (4.59 40 time at the Combine) and excellent length (34+ inch arms). He looks like your prototypical weak-side “LEO” defensive end and most projected him to be a top 20-25 pick until news came down recently that he had a torn labrum which required surgery. The prognosis is that he will be able to return in four to six months.
That means the best case scenario is McKinley would miss the entire offseason program and return just in time for training camp, while the worst case scenario has him missing all of training camp and the preseason, and perhaps returning just in time for the regular season.
Is that a risk you’re willing to take with a first-round pick?