— Verone McKinley III (@vmckinley3) January 2, 2022
One of the best players on the Oregon Ducks’ roster has officially declared for the 2022 NFL draft, with safety Verone McKinely III announcing his decision via social media on Sunday afternoon.
McKinley, who was nicknamed “The General” for his command over the Duck’s defense this past season, will finish his Oregon career with 100 total tackles and 10 interceptions, six of which came in his final year with the team.
McKinley led the nation in interceptions in 2021.
Heading into the draft, VM3 projects to have some pretty high value, especially after former Oregon safety Jevon Holland has made such a splash in his rookie season with the Miami Dolphins. We will keep an eye on his draft stock over the coming months, but it does not come as a surprise that Verone would capitalize on his stellar season with the Ducks and take his chance at the NFL.