At 6-4, 260 pounds, Texans middle linebacker Benardrick McKinney combines a lot of outstanding traits.

He's bigger and taller than most inside linebackers. He's fast and athletic with a 4.65 in 40-yard dash and a 40-inch vertical leap. He's extremely physical and productive. And he's sharp, diagnosing plays instinctively and operating as the Texans' defensive signal caller.

Heading into a Monday night game against the Baltimore Ravens, McKinney leads the Texans with 62 tackles. He has eight for losses, two sacks and one forced fumble.