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Linebacker Benardrick McKinney runs toward a thrown pass during drills at Pro Day at Mississippi State.
Linebacker Benardrick McKinney runs toward a thrown pass during drills at Pro Day at Mississippi State. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)

Mississippi State middle linebacker Benardrick McKinney is on the Ravens' list of predraft visits, according to league sources.

McKinney visited the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday and also has visits with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.

McKinney has been invited to attend the NFL draft in Chicago and has drawn late first-round to early second-round draft grades from analysts.

The Ravens have had success recently with Mississippi State players, drafting outside linebacker Pernell McPhee in the fifth round in 2011. McPhee parlayed a breakthrough season as a reserve pass rusher last year into a five-year, $39 million contract with the Chicago Bears this offseason.

At 6 feet 4 and 247 pounds, McKinney ran the 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. A native of Tunica, Miss., McKinney had a 40.5-inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.

McKinney recorded 244 career tackles, 19.5 for losses, 7.5 sacks and six fumble recoveries and was the Bulldogs' first All-American linebacker since 1999. He was an All-Southeastern Conference selection.

McKinney had 71 tackles, eight for losses and three sacks last season. As a junior, he had 71 tackles, seven for losses and 3.5 sacks. As a freshman, McKinney had 102 tackles.

McKinney played quarterback in high school, throwing 15 touchdown passes as a senior and rushing for seven touchdowns. He also was the punter.

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