Falcons To Trade Takkarist McKinley?

The Falcons have had trade talks about defensive end Takkarist McKinley and other teams believe he’ll be moved before the Nov. 3 deadline, according to sources who spoke with NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter). Nothing is imminent at this moment, but the Falcons could very well find a trade for the former first-round pick between now and Tuesday. 

McKinley, who has been out of practice this week with a groin injury, has not lived up to expectations since being taken with the No. 26 overall pick in 2017. In his first two seasons, he managed a combined 13 sacks, but he started to regress in 2019. Last year, he finished out with just 3.5 sacks in 15 games. Then, he finished the year on IR thanks to a shoulder injury in December. The Falcons declined his 2021 option this offseason. That would have tied McKinley to the team through 2021 at a rate of $10MM, guaranteed only for injury.

So far this year, McKinley has notched just one sack and eight total stops in four games. But, for all the question marks, the talent and potential is still there.

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    • ayrbhoy

      It’s hard to criticize John Schneider seeing he built the team that gave us our 1st SB win, back to back SB appearances as well as playoffs in 8 out of the last 10 yrs but I can empathize with your assertion. We’ve ‘squandered’ so many top picks! Nothing like the emotional swing from the highs of the first 2 days of the draft down to the day you realize your top pick is a complete waste of draft capital! At least you have plenty of good yrs ahead with your Braves. Thats an easy team to root for- what talent!

      • wagner13

        I feel like the Seahawks take a ton of risks with their draft picks, leading to a lot of “boom or bust” talent. Seattle almost always gets panned for their selection because it’s “unconventional.” However, that is how you find sleepers and serves as strong evidence as to why immediate draft grades are relatively pointless.

        Sure, the Seahawks are a bit on the extreme end and I really never understood picks like Collier and Penny. Even so, those drafts also yielded Metcalf and a hidden gem in Dissly. I do remember the Bruce Irvin pick getting excoriated as an obvious reach. However, in that draft, Seattle built their core with Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson picked shortly thereafter.

        My team, Pittsburgh, almost never receives an “A” grade by draft analysts either, yet both franchises still maintain success. Sure, we can’t develop a safety to save our lives, but in the receiver, linebacker, and offensive line departments, we’re top notch

  1. Michael Chaney

    He and Vic Beasley just rapidly declined out of nowhere while they were still on their rookie deals. What are the Falcons doing wrong?

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