KC Chiefs remake defensive line in 3-round mock draft
By Matt Conner
Isaiah McGuire, DE, Missouri (No. 95 overall)
At the end of the third round, it was time to get back to working in the trenches, and the value of Isaiah McGuire from Missouri was simply too good to pass up.
When you’re taking an edge rusher in the third round, there are going to be limitations and McGuire isn’t the sort of athletic freak who can set the edge from day one. McGuire also doesn’t come with the sort of explosiveness or bend that will lead to serious sack projections at the next level.
That said, McGuire had 13.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks a season ago, and he has shown enough power, strength, and technique to be a disruptor against top competition. He already looks the part at 6’4″, 270 lbs. with the length that Steve Spagunolo loves to see from his linemen. He’s also not a slouch in the run game, which means he could be trusted to play early if needed.
McGuire could end up surprising folks as a better pro as he grows with coaching at the NFL, but he should be a nice rotational piece from day one and that’s what the Chiefs need to add to George Karlaftis and Charles Omenihu and Mike Danna in the defensive end room.