Falcons’ draft picks


Takkarist McKinley, DE/LB, UCLA

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 250 pounds

Arm length: 33 3/8 inches

Hand size: 10 1/4 inches

40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds

Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 33 inches

Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

Three-cone drill: 7.48 seconds

Overview: He was a two-year starter for the Bruins after overcoming some early academic issues. He lined up at left and right defensive end in the Bruins' four-man front, standing up and putting his hand on the ground. He was a legitimate candidate for Pac-12 defensive player of the year last season with 10 sacks. "McKinley has the explosive pass-rush potential to terrorize NFL quarterbacks, projecting in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes," wrote Dan Brugler in his 2017 NFL draft report.


Duke Riley, LB, LSU

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 232 pounds

Arm length: 32 inches

Hand size: 9 1/4 inches

40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds

Bench press: 18 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 34 1/2 inches

Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

Three-cone drill: 6.89 seconds

Overview: He was a three-star recruit coming out of John Curtis High in Bursa, La., and picked LSU over TCU and Tulane. The offer from the Tigers was a grayshirt opportunity, but the week before signing day, LSU upgraded the offer to a full scholarship. He committed on the spot. He spent his freshman season on special teams and recorded seven tackles. Riley earned his first career start as a sophomore, but most of his playing time was on special teams, posting 20 tackles. Riley moved into the starting lineup last season and led LSU with 93 tackles, adding nine tackles for loss, two passes defended and one interception.