Takkarist McKinley is talk of NFL Draft after emotional interview

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Kennedy High grad Takkarist McKinley was understandably emotional after being selected No. 26 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday.

The speedy former UCLA defensive end also became the talk of the NFL following emotional post-draft interviews during which he honored his grandmother and gave a shout out to Richmond. During one interview with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, he also dropped a well-publicized and emotional F bomb, which he later joked would earn him his first NFL fine (it did not).

The Falcons traded with the Seattle Seahawks to grab the 26th pick and snag McKinley, a UCLA pass-rusher. After he was selected, McKinley held a picture of his late grandmother Myrtle Collins, who died in 2011. She died from heart complications about 30 seconds after McKinley made a promise to her that he would achieve his NFL dreams.

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