Scouting Report: Michael Pinckney, OLB, Miami

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Jacksonville, FL | 6012 | 228 | 4.60E | 2020

Stocky player with thick lower body who plays nice and low to the ground—demonstrates quick burst, has great closing speed and shows an attacking, aggressive style of play. He understands where he fits in the scheme and doesn’t over-complicate things and trusts his reads. Possesses great passion and energy; the tone-setter on defense. Hips are somewhat limited; he’s more of a north/south player than he is sideline-to-sideline, although his range covers plenty of ground. Should continue to bulk up as he grows and progresses, he’s still two seasons away from being draft eligible. Proven toughness—played through hamstring, ankle and shoulder issues and a broken hand during his freshman season. This player certainly doesn’t lack confidence (SWAG). He finished with 61 tackles, two and a half sacks and an interception, while starting all 13 games as a freshman. Was ejected for targeting against West Virginia in 2016. The Jacksonville native is a bit undersized to be living on the edge in the NFL and will most likely have to kick inside at the next level. He does a great job filling the gaps and has similar size/athleticism attributes to that of Ryan Shazier (Steelers).


2016: Delivered dominant freshman season, starting all 13 games and finishing with 61 tackles (33 solo)…Earned Freshman All-America recognition from ESPN…Totaled 7.5 tackles for loss (29 yards) and 2.5 sacks (19 yards)…Added two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one interception.

High School: Consensus three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout…Enrolled in January 2016…19th-best inside linebacker in nation according to 247Sports…Rated No. 20 inside linebacker nationwide by both ESPN and Rivals…Ranked fifth-best inside linebacker in state of Florida by Scout…Named to Florida Times-Union’s Super 24, recognizing top players in region…Two-time All-First Coast selection by Times-Union…Had 85 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, eight sacks and one interception in final season at Raines…Chose Miami over offers from Arkansas, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska and South Carolina, among others.