Washington Huskies offensive tackle Kaleb McGary

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2019 NFL Draft: Scouting report for OT Kaleb McGary

April 15, 2019 - 9:46 am




Kaleb McGary-#58

University of Washington Huskies


Agility Tests...5.05 in the 40-yard dash…1.83 10-yard dash…2.95 20-yard dash…4.58 20-yard shuttle…7.66 three-cone drill…33 1/2-inch vertical jump…9'-03" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times…32 7/8-inch arm length…10 1/8-inch hands…79 3/4-inch wingspan.

Background...McGary is another college tackle who could find a quicker path to an NFL starting job as a guard. Teams were at first a bit hesitant to draft him early due to him being diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia earlier in his Washington career. His family has had their share of woes. His father suffered with multiple sclerosis and his family was forced off the family farm when he was in high school. In 2018, the family was living in RVs while restoring his mother's childhood home, but a fire partially burned down the home and one of the RVs.

As a senior at Fife High School, McGary played on both sides of the ball. He was named the South Puget Sound League's 2A Defensive Lineman of the Year and was also first-team All-SPSL at tight end and defensive line. The Tacoma News-Tribune all-area tight end in 2013, he was credited with 76 tackles on defense his final season, adding 51 tackles as a junior.

Prior to that, McGary began his prep career at Battle Ground High School, where he also lettered in basketball. As a sophomore, he was already listed at 6-foot-8. He closed out his high school career by being chosen as one of just five prospects named a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune. He was listed as a "red chip" recruit by the Seattle Times and both Rivals.com and Scout.com rated him as the state of Washington's second-best recruit.

After McGary enrolled as a 285-pound defensive tackle in 2014, the Washington coaches decided to red-shirt him. They later decided to convert him to the other side of the ball and he began his red-shirt freshman season at right tackle, starting six of the twelve games that he appeared in. He earned his first starting assignment vs. Utah and in the California clash, he recorded his lone college tackle after a U-W turnover.

The shift to offense was a learning process, as McGary allowed two quarterback sacks and twenty pressures while getting on the field for 536 snaps in 2015. He graded a mere 69.4% for overall blocking consistency, but elevated that mark to 73.4% as a run blocker. He would start every contest at right tackle, beginning in 2016. He did allow a career-high 24 pressures, but only one of the 26.0 sacks allowed by the offensive line was charged to him. He added 66 knockdowns, as the Huskies piled on 2,774 yards with 24 touchdowns on the ground.

In 2017, McGary began to establish himself as one of the Pac-12 Conferences top blockers. His blocking consistency grade jumped to 78.1% while logging action in 783 snaps. After yielding 24 pressures the previous year, that figure was reduced to eleven during his junior season. Of the team's 37 touchdown ruins, 26 came through the right side of the line. He hit the century mark with 102 knockdowns and the Huskies benefited to the tune of 405.5 yards in total offense per game. He would receive All-Pac 12 Conference first-team honors and was the recipient of the team's Earle T. Glant Tough Husky Award at the UW postseason awards banquet.

Starting all fourteen games at right tackle during his final season, McGary was rewarded for his stellar performance, as the league's players awarded him the 2018 Morris Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the Pac-12. He was also named the John P. Angel Lineman of the Year Award recipient. Through 1,004 snaps, he registered 130 knockdowns, but was penalized nine times. He was charged with two of the team's 24 sacks allowed, but 1,781 of the team's 2,831 rushing yards and seventeen of 26 touchdowns on the ground were the result from their right side blocking. As a pass protector, he earned a career-best grade of 80.6%.

The Scouting Report

Athletic Ability...McGary has a linear frame with good upper body length in his arms and good width in his chest, but needs to add at least another 20 pounds of bulk. He has adequate thigh and calf thickness, but shows a good bubble. His body does not look like he pushes it much in the weight room, as he has just average muscle development.

McGary shows good initial quickness to engage and reach his pass set point. He plays on his feet with good balance, but needs to show better lower body flexibility when redirecting. He has good mobility to stay with his man, but you would like to see him finish better and show more aggression. He gets into his blocks quickly, thanks to above average knee bend and his natural foot quickness. Even when he is late off the snap, he shows good adjustment skills on the move (very good leading on outside sweeps). He has good initial quickness to slide, drop back and anchor in one-on-one confrontations with edge rushers (struggles vs. the bull rush).

Initial Quickness...McGary is quick coming off the snap, gaining position and generating movement to sustain. He is not really fluid moving laterally, but he shows nimble feet to generate movement on traps and pulls. He has very good in-line body control and agility, demonstrating a quick kick slide in pass protection. He is light on his feet for a player of his size and shows the quick reactionary skills to gain position vs. stunts and blitzes. He reaches the second level with good quickness and urgency. His very quick first step generates explosiveness on the rise and he is equally effective firing out on running plays or retreating to protect the pocket in passing situations.

Balance/Stays on His Feet…McGary shows active, quick feet in the trenches, but lacks lateral agility to slide down the line. He has enough agility to slide or pick up the blitz and defensive line stunts in pass protection, though. When incline blocking, he has shown better ability to sink his weight, which allows him to cave the defensive line with his leg drive and leverage. His improved concept for taking angles has seen him to a better job of locking on and winning battles in the short area. He also has improved his knee bend, which helps him when redirecting down the line.

McGary is better served blocking at the line, as he does not have the burst or the balance to get out and make plays in space (gets narrow and crosses his feet when going long distance). However, he is a good position blocker with nimble feet (needs to improve his retreat shuffle though) moving along the line. He demonstrates the functional hip snap needed to generate movement, but he needs to do a better job of keeping his feet and staying on the defender when working in the second level. He just appears stiff working down the line and he will lose balance when he gets his base too narrow.

Explosion/Pop…   McGary has a thick frame, but could still use more bulk in attempts to position and sustain (has the frame to carry more weight). With more bulk added for his anchor, along with more explosive quickness when he sets his base, he won’t get into the problems he has when trying to separate, but additional weight could result in a loss of quickness. He has the reach ability to keep defenders at bay and while not explosive rolling his hips, at least he is not a waist bender. He sustains best at the line of scrimmage, where he does a good job of running his feet, locking on and finishing (not as good playing in space).

He might be a better fit at offensive guard earlier in his career, as he works well in combination with other lineman. He must spend time in the weight room adding strength and despite his quick feet, there are times when he tends to wait for edge rushers to come to him rather than step forward and attack his man. Because of his strength issues, he tries to finesse rather than maul his opponent.

Run blocking…As a drive blocker, he uses his body to root out the defender and when his pad level is down, he can move the pile and drive block with leverage (could be exceptional here with added weight and strength). McGary has a good get-off coming out of his stance and his quick feet will put him in position to make the in-line block. He could be a better fit at guard earlier in his career, as he shows good body control (bad hip roll will affect him on some plays) and drives some with his legs to flash a line surge. He also has a guard-like approach when pulling in-line, as he knows how to attack the shoulders of a defender. He is not consistent when he rolls his hips, but has had good success in gaining movement.

Pass Blocking…McGary is a bit inconsistent, but when he keeps his head on a swivel when retreating in pass protection, he shows good urgency moving underneath to cut down the backside pursuit. He lacks great lower body strength, but does use his long arms to engulf smaller defenders and stymie the bull rush. He moves his feet well to shield and wall off the interior defender in pass protection (needs to be quicker moving out to challenge edge rushers).

He also does a decent job in handling multiple defenders, but does get a bit upright in his stance, causing his base to narrow (this results in stronger defenders having success pushing him back into the pocket. One flaw he needs to correct is that he will sometimes try to use his body too much to lean into an opponent rather than extend his arms to lock out and control. When he anchors firmly, he shows somewhat better slide and find ways to adjust to the action in front of him.

Pulling/Trapping Skills… McGary is not an ideal trap blocker, as he does not always fire off the line with intent and must do a better job of angling getting into the second level. He has adequate body control on long distance runs and needs to stop crossing his feet so much, as it affects his quickness and balance to hit a moving target. He is better flashing pop on contact when executing the short traps.

Use of Hands/Punch...McGary is more of a push/shove/grab type , but he has refined his hand technique, which he appeared to carry too low earlier in his career, letting defenders get a piece of his jersey, as he often left his chest exposed. He worked hard to improve his hand placement, but when he gets outside his frame shooting his hands, it makes him look slow when trying to recoil and reset them. He is still learning how to use his hand punch, but he has that long reach and large hands to pop, lock out and maintain separation.

When he does generate force behind his punch, he can knock his opponent off balance. He knows that he needs to developing more strength and punch refinement, but he showed in 2018 that he has the ability to use his hands to control and can create a good surge off the snap due to his balance. When he uses his hands, he has the ability to get under the defender’s pads, jolt and dominate

Compares To...Chris Williams-ex-Chicago Bears…Like Williams, McGary is a fine athlete that has yet to mature physically. With teams looking for more mobility at right tackle, he could be a nice fit, but for now, he needs to add more bulk to his frame to handle the more physical NFL linemen at that position. He is still a neophyte at the tackle position, with just three years of experience and I worry that he might not have the natural strength to contribute right away. Athletically, he is an impressive specimen (size, length, speed), but it will take patient coaching to help him unearth his potential (intense weight room training and needing more bulk).