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.

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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