Texans select Mississippi State linebacker Bernardrick McKinney in second round

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans moved up in the draft Friday night with an eye on defense, taking Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney with the 43rd overall pick.

The Texans were supposed to pick 19th in the second round, but switched with Cleveland to select McKinney with the 11th selection in the second round. The Texans also gave up a fourth-round pick (116) and a sixth-round pick (195) and received a seventh-round pick (229) in the trade with the Browns.

McKinney, a middle linebacker, led the Bulldogs in tackles the last two seasons and had 71 tackles, including eight for losses and three sacks last season. He also broke up four passes, had three fumble recoveries and forced one fumble in 2014. He had 244 tackles and 7 ½ sacks in his three year career at Mississippi State.

The Texans have been focused on defense early in the draft and took Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson with the 16th overall pick before picking McKinney.

The 6-foot-4, 246-pound McKinney joins an inside linebacker group led by Brian Cushing, who had 72 tackles in 14 games last year. Houston continues to beef up a defense that features 2014 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and last year's top overall selection outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

Source : http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-05-01/texans-select-mississippi-state-linebacker-bernardrick-mckinney-second-round

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