McGee hasn’t reminded scouts of former Sooners first-round picks Tommie Harris (taken 14th overall by the Chicago Bears in 2004) and Gerald McCoy (third, Tampa Bay, 2010) by exploding into opponents’ backfield to put up huge statistics throughout the past four years in Norman. But he does possess the physical attributes NFL teams covet in their defensive linemen.
Despite being ranked among the top 15 defensive tackle high school prospects in the country out of Muskogee, Oklahoma, McGee could not beat out veterans in the middle to make an impact as a redshirt freshman (one tackle in two games played). That changed in 2010, as he earned 11 starts and played in every game (26 tackles, 3.5 for loss). He was arrested for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession after being pulled over in February 2011, however, which led to an opening-week suspension that fall. He started just three games, playing in the team’s final 12 games, earning 26 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and the first 1.5 sacks of his career. In his senior season, McGee spent the first six games of the season suspended for violating university rules in the preseason. He participated in six games on the season, making 14 tackles (2.5 for loss) and contributing one sack. He was arrested for driving under the influence and with a suspended license before the team’s bowl game.
Athletic build and good foot speed for a penetrating three-technique tackle or five-technique end. Gets upfield with a long and quick first step when attacking a gap. Chases ballcarriers towards the sideline and downfield to help out teammates if needed, as well as keep his feet while engaged to work down the line on run plays. Flashes the ability to keep his eyes in the backfield and shed to grab running backs coming through the hole.
Lack of production throughout career. Multiple off the field incidents; suspensions. Doesn’t use his hands enough. Won’t finish plays after initial surge. Has been frequently rotated in order to maximize freshness. Needs to show more power.
McGee has all the physical attributes to be a contributor as a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end. However, between a lack of production throughout his career, multiple off the field incidents, and suspensions, he is unlikely to be drafted.