Cleveland Browns post-draft scouting report #4: Missouri Tigers star DE Isaiah McGuire

Profile: Isaiah McGuire was born on July 27th, 2001 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. McGuire attended Union High School, where he led Union to the state playoffs and worked to achieve All-District honors from Tulsa World in 2018.

When coming out of Union High, McGuire was ranked as a three-star recruit (82nd DL nationally) by ESPN, eventually committing to play college football for the University of Missouri., pub-2319592412860037, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

After his first two collegiate football seasons with the Tigers, then only having a combined 22 tackles (3.0 sacks) at the time, McGuire essentially quadrupled his production his junior year playing for the Missouri Tigers with 55 tackles (6.0 sacks) and 1 fumble recovery.

With a senior year with high expectations to be much better, McGuire didn’t disappoint, earning First team All-SEC honors with 40 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 2022.

After being drafted in the 4th round by the Cleveland Browns, the 21-year old rookie is expected to learn behind All-Pro talents like ZaDarius Smith and Myles Garrett, will McGuire’s game be ready when it’s his time to start in the near future?


Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Age: 21 years old

Arm Length: 33 7/8”

Hand Size: 8 5/8”

Height/Weight: 6’4”, 268lbs

NFL Combine Results: 40-yard dash: 4.76 / 10-yard split: 1.72 / 3-cone drill: 7.39 / Vertical Jump: 36.5” / Broad Jump: 10’2”

2023 NFL Draft: Drafted by the Cleveland Browns at 126th overall (4th round)

Ideal Role: Fits perfectly as a 3-4 OLB or developmental 4-3 DE; can play from three and four-point stance



  • Displays functional strength to become a great run defender in the NFL
  • Elite ability to cause violence off the edge; showcasing an elite rip move to soften rush angles and footwork to help hunt down ball-handlers
  • Amazing physical traits; a perfect combination of size and flexibility to become a great OLB
  • High motor guy with urgency; he’s willing to outwork anyone to become the best football player he can be


  • Despite great frame, McGuire often leads with his helmet when approaching contact and fails routinely to get his hands up on time
  • Fails to recognize pulling blockers in pursuit and gets trapped by the most experienced offensive linemen
  • Easily fades out of importance in longer plays
  • Looks uncomfortable when in coverage and asked to operate in space

Career Achievements: First team All-SEC (2022)

Fun Fact: In a interview with the Akron Beacon Journal, UNLV head football coach Barry Odom during a one-day prospect camp saw Isaiah McGuire’s star worthy potential as a high school senior, “He just wanted to continue to work” when describing how hard he worked after practice to improve his skills.

Isaiah McGuire Draft Comparison: Green Bay Packers OLB Preston Smith


Final Verdict: A+ Grade; He’s going to be a difference maker for the Cleveland Browns for years to come and sounds like an absolute workhouse on-and-off the football field

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