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McGary's family was forced to deal with several setbacks during his youth, beginning with losing the family farm during the 2008-09 recession. His father later suffered a work accident and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
With McGary's family living in an RV for several years, he turned his frustration into force on the football field. He starred as a defensive lineman at the prep level before Chris Petersen and his staff at Washington convinced him to consider switching to the offensive side of the ball.
McGary spent much of his first season on campus acclimating to the new role but was thrust into the fire a year later, playing in 12 games and starting six of them at right tackle. He started all 14 games there as a sophomore, including the playoff loss to Alabama. He didn't miss a start either of the next two seasons, either, earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors from league coaches and the media after both seasons along with the prestigious Morris Trophy.
With some questioning the caliber of pass rushers in the Pac-12 in 2018, McGary opted to compete at the Senior Bowl.
An impressive performance there and at the Combine quieted critics, setting up McGary to be the highest drafted blocker from UW since at least 2005, when Khalif Barnes - a 13-year NFL veteran - was drafted 52nd overall by Jacksonville.
Imposing four-year starting right tackle voted the best blocker in the Pac-12 by opposing defensive linemen. A bully who seems to enjoy the physicality of the game. Terrific athlete, standing out on tape as well as Combine drills. Combines rare size with mental and physical quickness that shows up on combo blocks and adjusting to blitzes. Persevered through adversity growing up.
While McGary possesses terrific height, he has disproportionately short arms (32 7/8") which could force him inside to guard, a position he never played at Washington (or at the Senior Bowl). There, his height could prove a hindrance to the QB attempting to throw over him.
McGary was also diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, although he did pass initial physicals at the Senior Bowl and Combine.
Projection: Second Round
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