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Irish On Tap NFL Draft Profile: Javon McKinley

Javon McKinley should be on an NFL roster come this fall. However, due to his injury history, how high will he be drafted and where will he go?

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The former four-star college recruit is now on the NFL’s radar. Javon McKinley played only five games in 2019, but 2020 proved McKinley is a true number one wideout. His injuries drastically shortened his collegiate career.

His freshman and sophomore years were cut short, and essentially nonexistent, due to a broken leg. As a junior he returned, but was not effective enough to record any noteworthy statistics. Another injury shunned his first try at his true senior year, but his fifth year is why he is in a spot to make it to the NFL. In this article I’m going to dive into McKinley’s collegiate career, possible landing spots, and more. 

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In 2019 and 2020, McKinley played in 16 games and recorded 53 receptions. Of those 53 receptions, seven of those were good enough for touchdowns, in addition to 985 total yards. McKinley showed out against Syracuse in 2020 with 111 yards and three touchdowns, earning him ACC Wide Receiver of the Week.

McKinley may not possess a high draft stock, but I would not be surprised to see him go late in the draft. If McKinley ultimately goes undrafted, I cannot imagine a world in which he does not get signed immediately.

McKinley is a very much a “go up and get it” type of receiver. His 6-foot-2, 215 lb. powerhouse frame should help him overpower smaller defensive backs while on route. Many vertical offenses could use his talents, especially since many of them are short staffed at the WR2 spot.

The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and even the New Orleans Saints would be great fits for the Notre Dame product. Whether Javon gets drafted or not, there is no doubt in my mind he will be walking through a NFL team’s tunnel one day.

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