Kahlil McKenzie NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Kansas City Chiefs' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Tennessee defensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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POSITIVES

—Father is Oakland Raiders GM and former NFL linebacker Reggie McKenzie.

—NFL-ready frame and size that can handle physicality on Sundays.

—Built like a tree in his lower half and can generate plenty of power from his lower back and butt.

—Strong punch with the ability to stack offensive linemen at the point of attack.

                      

NEGATIVES

—Limited playing time and impact, in part due to torn pectoral muscle in 2016.

—Gets pushed around far too often for someone his size.

—Balance upon contact is an issue and leads to glancing hits and him being manipulated in space.

—Will struggle to routinely handle double-teams at the line of scrimmage and in the gap.

—Poor block recognition leads to essentially playing himself out of leverage when he doesn’t have to.

               

OVERALL

Kahlil McKenzie will likely hear his name called on Day 3 of the NFL draft. His father has the career experience to suggest the McKenzie bloodlines are worth securing. The younger McKenzie has an excellent frame and power that he has to learn to pair with instincts and mental processing to become a more efficient and effective player. In the meantime, he’s a great depth piece as a tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.

          

GRADE: 5.60 (Round 6)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers

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