Mekale McKay, WR Cincinnati
The 6’4″, 217 pound senior wideout caught 25 receptions for 494 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in 11 games for the Bearcats this past season.
As a former highly touted basketball recruit, McKay also received interest from Louisville and Kentucky to play hoops before deciding on football.
While McKay had somewhat of a disappointing senior season, he’s just one year removed from when he caught 44 receptions for 725 receiving yards and 8 touchdown receptions for the Bearcats.
Having run a 4.55 forty time, McKay has the obvious size with some speed, making him an intriguing “height/speed” wide receiver prospect (via his NFL.con draft profile):
"STRENGTHS Gets the most out of his 6-foot-3 frame when the ball is in the air. Uses well-timed leaps to go up and over smaller defenders and has a feel for the “post-up” game. Clever hand usage to create late separation on deep throws. Works his way back to the catch. Able to accelerate upfield quickly off of his stutter-step release versus press coverage. Willing to stick his nose in as a blocker and has the frame and hand placement to wall defender off and away from making the play."
"WEAKNESSES Production took a dive in 2015 even when healthy. Route running is dull, lacking tight, crisp cuts. One-speed routes put cornerbacks at ease and allow them to crowd the routes. Needs to do better job with vertical sell to back defenders off. The struggle is real if he doesn’t get clean release off line of scrimmage. Once defender gets into his chest, it is usually over. Hands have been consistently inconsistent with a drop rate of more than 11 percent for his career. SOURCES TELL US “Don’t like the hands, don?t like routes and I don’t think he plays as fast as his timed speed. He should be better than he was this year.” — NFC regional scout NFL COMPARISON Dezmin Lewis BOTTOM LINE McKay was a “one to watch” type of prospect headed into 2015, but failed to build on that buzz this season. While his size is appealing and could get him drafted if he runs a good 40-yard dash, his potential issues against press coverage combined with below average hands could be quite a stumbling block."