BIO: Three-year starter who also saw action with the first-team as a freshman. Recorded 56/4/1 as a senior after leading the team with 79 tackles during his junior campaign.
POSITIVES: Hard-working, productive linebacker who plays bigger and faster than his numbers. Smart, diagnoses the action and stays with assignments. Fast off the edge on the blitz, nicely collapses from the outside defending the run and is quick filling gaps up the field. Can backpedal in coverage and displays skill in zone.
NEGATIVES: Slow shedding blocks at the point and gets caught up in the trash moving laterally. Lacks a quick or sudden change of direction.
ANALYSIS: Productive on the college level, McKenzie could fit a 34 defense or one-gap system which allows linebackers to freely flow to the action.