Scott McKillop Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'2 - 240 lbs.|
2009 NFL Combine Results
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Scott McKillop, ILB, Pittsburgh
For two years Scott McKillop was the understudy to H.B. Blades at the middle linebacker spot. Once Blades was gone, McKillop emerged as an extremely tough and productive player. The Export, Pennsylvania native totaled an impressive 151 tackles in 2007. He also tallied 9.0 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, seven pass break ups and one interception. Even in his first year as a starter, McKillop emerged as the leader of a unit that ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. McKillop is not the most physically imposing linebacker around, but he is a smart player who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He is a blue collar type of player who will make up for any physical deficiencies with hard work and tenacity. That is not to say that McKillop is not a great athlete, but at 6-2 and 240 pounds, there are bigger and stronger middle linebackers. So far in 2008, McKillop is continuing to be a tackling machine. However, the Pitt team started the season struggling and for a player whose measurables will not blow anybody away at the combine, his production and exposure on the field will go a long way in determining how high he can climb up draft boards. 10/26 Update: Pittsburgh has turned things around this season and after their disappointing loss to Bowling Green to start the season, the Panthers won five straight games. That winning streak ended with a loss to Rutgers, but Pitt is still a contender in the Big East and that is in no small part due to the production of McKillop. In just seven games, the senior linebacker has 67 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, four sacks and four quarterback hurries. McKillop's reputation as a tackling machine will not end any time soon. 12/17 Update: McKillop finished his hardworking career at Pitt by being named as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. As a player who received one scholarship offer coming out of high school, McKillop embodies what college football is all about. His tenacity led to a 2008 regular season that ended with 126 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, four sacks and an interception. He could be a second round selection if he measures out well at the combine, but somebody will fall in love with his production and his attitude and the senior linebacker should not fall far into the second day of the draft. 3/24 Update: All the scouts know that McKillop has the instincts to play football, but just how fast (or slow) is he? He ended up running a decent 4.79 at the NFL Combine and, while that is not great, it could have been worse. The rest of his performance in Indianapolis was better and McKillop emerged as one of the best interior linebackers in this class. That will not be enough to hear his name called during the first day of the NFL Draft, but he should not have to wait long on day two.
Last Updated Mar-24-2009 by Joel Welser
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