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Five Things to Know About New Chiefs S Leon McQuay III

Posted Apr 29, 2017

The Chiefs selected McQuay with their sixth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft

Leon McQuay III is a standout safety from USC.

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Leon McQuay III with their final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft—the 218th overall pick and the final compensatory selection of the sixth round.

McQuay’s best year of his USC career came in his senior season, in which he earned All-Pac-12 honors. 

McQuay III had 50 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups.


According to Pro Football Focus, McQuay had the eight-highest coverage grade in the FCS last season.


McQuay had one of the biggest plays of the most recent Rose Bowl.

This year’s Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State was tied, 49-49, with less than 30 seconds to go in the game when Penn State’s Trace McSorley tried to pass down the right sideline.

McQuay intercepted the pass and returned it to the Penn State 33-yard line.

A couple plays later, USC kicked a 46-yard field goal for the 52-49 win.

Here’s a great piece from the Orange County Register’s Ryan Kartje breaking down the play.


McQuay could play a variety of positions for the Chiefs, according to team scouts.


Incredibly, legendary Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram last coached McQuay’s father in the NFL.

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