Drafted: Round 6, No. 218
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
6-foot-1, 195 pounds
4.93 second 40 [USC Pro Day]
32 3/4-inch arm length
9 1/2-inch hands
33-inch vertical jump [USC Pro Day]
122-inch broad jump [USC Pro Day]
12 bench press reps [USC Pro Day]
CBS: No. 390 overall, No. 19 FS
WalterFootball.com: No. 29 S
Leon McQuay III will best be remembered for his Rose Bowl interception to set up the Trojans' game-winning field goal as time expired earlier this year, but he will now also be thought of as the 500th USC player to be selected in the NFL draft. The versatile safety that played free and strong as well as nickel back in Clancy Pendergast's scheme his freshman and senior seasons.
McQuay finished his career with 123 tackles with one sack. He also had 17 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five interceptions while starting 24 games throughout his career. He was named a All-Pac-12 honorable mention as a senior and made the 2016 AP and ESPN All-Bowl first teams.
Bottom Line Breakdown:
“McQuay isn't an easy player to slot. He has the athleticism, ball skills and speed to play the high safety role, but his inconsistent field awareness is a concern. McQuay's issues with missed and broken tackles open concerns about playing him near the line of scrimmage. If he tests well, teams may see McQuay has a hybrid corner/safety who can compete for a spot as a big cover defender in sub-packages.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Said about McQuay:
"I mean Leon does a great job covering slot receivers because he has the twitchiness and he has the top end speed to be able to run with them. But we needed his physicality also and his ability to, you know, get guys lined up. People didn't always think Leon communicated very well, but when he knows what he's doing and the kid feels comfortable, the kid's communicating, knows what he's doing, makes checks to the linebacker, makes checks outside. That's the one thing that I give him credit for. The kid has taken the time to study it and know it." -- Defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford on McQuay flipping between nickel and safety
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