Niners take ILB McKillop at No. 146

The 49ers selected Pitt inside linebacker Scott McKillop with in the fifth round with the No. 146 overall pick.

McKillop (6-1, 245) is recognized as a hard-worker and consistent middle linebacker. He was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Pitt, where he had 137 tackles, 17.5 for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and four passes broken up.


You can figure that he will be a standout on special teams as a rookie, as he learns behind veteran Takeo Spikes.


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The first time that comes across when you talk to McKillop is his passion for the game. He spent his first two seasons as a special-teams player at Pitt as he was H.B. Blades’ backup. (He was also the backup long-snapper.)


McKillop, obviously, is excited about getting the call from the 49ers. What could be better from his standpoint? He’s going to be playing for a Hall of Fame linebacker in coach Mike Singletary. He’ll be at inside linebacker behind Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes.


“I’m looking forward to seeing where they need me, and I’m looking forward to getting an opportunity to play,” said McKillop, whom compares to Zach Thomas.


McKillop said his only interaction with the 49ers when he spoke for about 10 minutes with 49ers assistant coach Vance Singletary. The only visit McKillop made was a trip to San Diego. The Broncos were the only team to give him a personal workout at Pittsburgh.


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