Pre-draft visit: OLB Tyrone McKenzie

Tyrone McKenzie

Tyrone McKenzie isn't that big nor that tall.  In fact, according to draftcountdown.com, he's just average.  On the surface, nothing really sets Tyrone apart from the crowd.  But, if you just scratch at the surface, looks are deceiving.  Tyrone has had to overcome tremendous odds to just get on the field. 

Bottom line: this kid went to college, played football, and cared for his sick mother.  He grew up fast and had to carry a big load on his shoulders.  This is what we call character building and it's the kind of stuff that's defined this team every since Belichick took over as Head Coach.  So what if draftcountdown.com doesn't have great things to say:

Just average size and bulk...Can be too aggressive at times...Not very strong or physical...Isn't a big hitter...Has some trouble getting off blocks...Doesn't fill hard against the run...Average hands and ball skills...Uses sub par leverage...Is not much of a pass rusher or blitzer...Definitely isn't a thumper...Bounced around  to three colleges.

Calling him a mid rounder may be true.  However, one sentence from Draftcountdown's notes section had me intrigued:

Won't be an ideal fit for everyone but should draw plenty of interest from teams willing to sacrifice size in exchange for speed and athleticism.

Sounds like a pass rusher and a kid who may have a chip on his shoulder, something to prove.  The kind of kid who will work harder than anyone on the field.  Maybe a future 12th player award winner?  I like him already.

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