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NFL draft: Browns new DE Isaiah McGuire is ready to contribute right away

Browns continue to build their lines with the Missouri edge rusher in the fourth round of the 2023 NFL draft

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Cleveland Browns GM Andrew Berry has stayed in his spots for the first four selections so far in this year’s NFL draft. As was true during free agency, Berry has focused a lot on the team’s needs on the lines. WR Cedric Tillman started the draft for the Browns but he was followed by huge linemen: DT Siaki Ika and OT Dawand Jones.

With Cleveland's second fourth-round selection, the Browns continued to add to their defensive line. What did the Browns get with their newest edge rusher?


Isaiah McGuire


Defensive End


6’4”, 268 pounds


Missouri Tigers


33 games: 117 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery

Relative Athletic Score

Average “Big Board” Position

112th Overall

The Draft Network’s Grade/Round Value

73.00/Fourth-Round Value

What Experts are Saying

Fit with the Browns

First, we see McGuire throwing back Broderick Jones, Pittsburgh’s top selection this year, despite a significant size differential:

Cleveland only had four defensive ends on the roster at the start of the NFL draft. Alex Wright struggled mightily as a rookie while Isaiah Thomas showed some flashes but was inconsistent. With a new scheme in place, McGuire could be the team’s primary backup as a rookie.

Browns Players Drafting Could Impact

Wright could move inside at times but McGuire’s selection could have the biggest impact on Thomas’ roster status. Finding a player who can contribute right away could also lead the team away from signing a veteran at the position.

Grade - B+

While McGuire isn’t a perfect edge rusher, grades are impacted by which round they were selected in. Getting a player that can play with good power and is NFL-ready in the fourth round is a good use of draft value.

What do you think about the newest Browns tackle?