Photo of Leon McQuay III
Drafted By: Chiefs
5.1 ?

Draft Analysis:

McQuay III has the size and athletic traits to develop into an underneath component to the Chiefs' subpackages down the road. Until he improves his finishing ability in coverage, he'll serve a core special-teamer. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 185LBS. Weight


Finally getting a chance to start full-time as a senior, the grandson of former NFL and CFL running back of the same name caught the eyes of scouts. McQuay was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection after making 50 tackles, four for loss, intercepting two passes and breaking up six others. His junior year did not go quite as well (two starts, 18 tackles, three pass break-ups in nine games), as he missed three contests due to a knee injury. A nine-game starter in 2014, McQuay had 36 stops, two picks, and four break-ups. The Parade High School All-American and finalist for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award as the top African-American male high school athlete played as a true freshman, as well, earning one start, making 19 tackles, and intercepting a pass.



Good athlete who is expected to test well. Build up runner with good makeup speed to close out targets who climb over the top. Possesses some cover talent from the slot and should be able to handle work coverage against matchup tight ends. Has big hands and quality ball skills at the catch point. Speed to range over the top. Consistent at raking catches out of receiver's hands when he's there for contested opportunities. Anticipates and diagnoses running plays well from deep safety positioning. Races downhill to a contain angle on sweep plays. Plays with quality closing burst to chase down running backs to the perimeter.


Is a little slow to find his accelerator after opening hips to turn and run. Can be a victim of tunnel vision in coverage. Tape shows issues losing track of coverage responsibilities at times against play-action. Needs to play with better field balance from deep safety spot. Can be exploited by vertical concepts. Consistency as a tackler is an issue. Fails to come to balance at times will overrun the tackle. Needs to do a better job of wrapping up to prevent melting off of his tackle attempts.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Bottom Line

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
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster