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2019 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons draft Kaleb McGary from Washington

Kaleb McGary, 2019 NFL Draft
Sep 8, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies offensive lineman Kaleb McGary (58) blocks North Dakota Fighting Hawks defensive lineman Zeke Ott (59) during the third quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

With the 30th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected offensive lineman Kaleb McGary from Washington.

Kaleb McGary has a fascinating football story. He played defensive line and tight end in high school and moved to right tackle in college. Throughout his college career, he was a two time All Pac-12 First Team selection and won the Morris Trophy Award this past year as well. The Morris Trophy is awarded to the best offensive lineman in the Pac-12.

Strengths

McGary is a very physical and mentally tough player. He faced a lot of adversity as a kid, and all of that has made him the man he is today. Due to what he suffered, he has a great character who will be a locker room favorite of any team. On the physical side, he plays intelligent and can get to the second level. Since he played defensive line in high school, he has an idea of what the defender across of him will do. McGary also has excellent hand placement on both pass and run blocking. He places his hands inside of the defender’s chest, so he has full control over them. He is also very flexible and has a lot of lean muscle so he can bend in ways most offensive lineman can not.

Weaknesses

Being a former defensive lineman and tight end, you would assume McGary would have good feet. Unfortunately, this is not the case for him. McGary’s biggest weakness is that he has horrible feet. His feet are, and his footwork is not the best. Footwork is essential for an NFL tackle since he has to mirror edge rushers and drive defenders off the ball. Due to his feet being so weak, he might have to switch to guard in the NFL. He also has a heart condition called heart arrhythmia. He has been cleared to play, but he would have to pass NFL physicals. McGary also has trouble staying on his blocks. If McGary cannot rest on his blocks in the NFL, then opposing teams will start to pick on him.

How is McGary going to help the Falcons?

Kaleb is going to help the Falcons by giving them a versatile offensive lineman. He played tackle throughout college, but in the NFL he has the potential to be a better guard. He has great size and length which is the reason why he can play both guard and tackle. Kaleb is a player that will give it his all no matter what and will do anything you ask him too. He has faced adversity throughout his life, so he knows what to do when times get tough. Kaleb has the potential to be a substantial offensive line addition as well as a great locker room character and potential leader.

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