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?
6’4”, 268 pounds
33 games: 117 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery
Relative Athletic Score
Isaiah McGuire is a DE prospect in the 2023 draft class. He scored a 9.53 #RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 77 out of 1629 DE from 1987 to 2023. https://t.co/kioiepepBE pic.twitter.com/wNVu6Y9Qze— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 22, 2023
Average “Big Board” Position
The Draft Network’s Grade/Round Value
What Experts are Saying
Isaiah McGuire in Cleveland is a very nice fit for him. Big, strong guy who has heavy hands. He can be a pretty solid guy opposite Garrett, especially in the run game— JP Acosta (@acosta32_jp) April 29, 2023
Fit with the Browns
First, we see McGuire throwing back Broderick Jones, Pittsburgh’s top selection this year, despite a significant size differential:
Mizzou EDGE Isaiah McGuire converting speed-to-power on Broderick Jones pic.twitter.com/zPmXenqtUE— Cory (@fakecorykinnan) April 1, 2023
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?