UCLA football links: McKinley in several NFL mock drafts

Senior Takkarist McKinley is getting ready to finish his UCLA career with a homecoming to the Bay Area. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Takkarist McKinley (98) became a first-round NFL draft prospect with an impressive senior season during which he led the Bruins in sacks and tackles for loss. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

With three months left until the NFL draft, several mock drafts are still high on UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley.

McKinley had 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss during his breakout senior season for the Bruins and is a first-round pick mock drafts from USA Today’s Draft Wire (28th overall, Dallas) and CBS Sports (29th, Pittsburgh). NFL.com lists McKinley as the No. 22 prospect in the 2017 draft. The Draft Wire also had UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott going in the third round (90th overall) to Seattle.

McKinley, known for his speed and his outgoing personality, also promised that he would run a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.