While creating a first round mock draft for the 2017 NFL Draft, Dirty contributor Joe Beasley had the Atlanta Falcons selecting a defensive end from UCLA, despite the fact the he knew nothing about him (SEC Country in these parts).
The Atlanta Falcons ended up selecting Takkarist Mckinley and from what I saw he was a solid player with an awesome motor. The moment after he was drafted and was interviewed might be one of the realest moments in NFL draft history.
What we saw during the interview was raw emotion. Atlanta has loved him since and it was apparent that Takk was going to be a beast for our defense and a very important cog in out machine.
During the off-season, McKinley underwent a mental evaluation after the police were called to the hotel by a friend of his. There were no criminal charges filed against him (thank god) and he agreed to undergo the evaluation.
Since that incident, no one has heard anything negative in regards to Takk and that’s great news for Falcons fans. He even tweeted back on March 11th, “If I don’t get double digit sacks next year I’m getting my dreads cut off…”
This is bad news for opposing quarterbacks because it sounds as if he’s motivated and ready for the season and that music to the ears of all the Falcon fans out there. I have no doubt that Takk can get those double digits sacks and if everyone on the defense performs the way I know they can, not only will he get those double digit sacks, I’ll go on the record and say he will be one of the league leaders in sacks.
During his rookie season, he recorded 6 sacks which was only one sack less that Myles Garrett that was picked first overall that season in 116 less defensive snaps. Last season, he recorded 15 QB hits and 7 sacks which led the team. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that he was slowed by a groin strain this season and the fact I believe injuries to key players on the defense made it easier for teams to zone in on him.
With Dan Quinn taking over the defense this season, I expect everyone on the defense to step up, play big and help out the already outstanding offense…….and as for Takk….well he’s about to do some f***ing work this season.
Excuse my language, fine me later.