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Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry garnering top-10 draft pick attention

Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry (#1) defends a pass versus Vanderbilt
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Alabama football has produced its share of first-round defensive backs, including Marlon Humphrey, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Patrick Surtain II.

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It has a boundary cornerback entering his junior season with the program. Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry, a Birmingham (Ala.) native, took a huge leap as a sophomore defender. He made first-team All-Southeastern Conference by the league’s coaches and Associated Press as a cornerback. McKinstry also appeared on a few All-American teams for his efforts on defense. A former five-star athlete, he recorded a team-high 15 pass breakups in 2022 and an interception. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has had a good offseason and is one of multiple defensive leaders on a unit that wants to return to the College Football Playoff and win it all.

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According to NFL Rookie Watch, McKinstry is regarded as the best cornerback in next year’s NFL Draft. Many pro scouts, per NFL Rookie Watch, feel McKinstry is worthy of a top-10 pick. He is getting compared to Sauce Gardner and Derek Stingley. 

McKinstry had a good second season, but he has to take his game to another level for top-10 status.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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