The Kansas City Chiefs selected USC safety Leon McQuay III with the No. 218 pick over in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Leon McQuay III is now a Chief. Kansas City made the surprise selection with the No. 218 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
McQuay is the fourth Trojan to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft after Adoree’ Jackson in the first round by the Tennessee Titans, JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Zach Banner in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts.
The Chiefs nabbed the safety with the final pick in the round.
McQuay arrived at USC with high expectations as a five-star prospect, but it took some time for him to settle in as a major contributor for the Trojans.
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He served as a back up as a freshman in 2013 then started nine games at strong safety in 2014. However, McQuay’s junior campaign saw him relegated to a back up role once again while a knee injury limited him for three games.
In 2016, McQuay emerged as a key figure on USC’s defense, first in the nickelback role making plays near the line of scrimmage, then as a strong safety. He helped clinch the Trojans victory in the Rose Bowl with an interception which set up the game-winning kick in the final seconds.
Gauging McQuay’s stock was a difficult task ahead of the draft because injuries limited his participation at USC’s Pro Day back in March.
His selection marks the 500th NFL draft pick in USC history.