Outside linebacker Takkarist McKinley, the former Kennedy High School star, was the 26th pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.
Atlanta traded with Seattle to move up and grab McKinley, who played for UCLA
He became the third selection with Bay Area connections, following Stanford’s Solomon Thomas and Christian McCaffrey, who went No. 3 (49ers) and 8 (Carolina), respectively.
McKinley, who grew up in Richmond, had 18 tackles-for-loss and was one of the top pass rushers in the draft.
He had shoulder surgery last month.
McKinley walked onto the stage in Philadelphia holding a framed picture of his late grandmother and was extremely emotional for his NFL Network interview.
“I love his motor,” analyst Mike Mayock said. “Now you pair him with (Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley), watch out.”