McKethan is the second North Carolina guard chosen by the Giants in this draft. GM Joe Schoen selected Joshua Ezeudu in the third round, No. 67 overall. McKethan is a 6-foot-6½, 340-pounder who played exclusively at right guard for the Tar Heels.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says:
Three-year starter offering premium size and length at the guard position. McKethan plays to his size with the ability to mash and move single blocks and double teams. He’s best suited for gap and power schemes, but will struggle against moving fronts that force him to react quickly to action in his gaps. The pass protection is going to be a little leaky due to his lack of slide quickness and trouble versus twists. McKethan’s blend of size and power should make him a Day 3 pick and future NFL backup.
In his draft guide, Dane Brugler of The Athletic wrote:
McKethan is a wide, burly blocker with bear claw hands and the strength at contact to be a people-mover in the run game, but he will fall off blocks and lose connection because of below-average contact balance. He jars rushers at contact when he properly times his initial punch, but he is heavy in his shuffle, and his recovery quickness will be challenged by NFL athletes. Overall, McKethan looks straight out of central casting with his frame, length and power, but the key to him locking down an NFL roster spot will be developing his reactive athleticism.
Giants round-by-round draft selections
Round 1 (No. 5) — Kayvon Thibodeaux, Edge, Oregon
Round 1 (No. 7) — Evan Neal, OT Alabama
Round 2 (No. 43) — Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
Round 3 (No. 67) — Joshua Ezeudu, G, North Carolina
Round 3 (No. 81) — Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
Round 4 (No. 112) — Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
Round 4 (No. 114/from Falcons) — Dane Belton, S, Iowa
Round 5 (No. 146/from Jets) — Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
Round 5 (No. 147) — D.J. Davidson, DT, Arizona State
Round 5 (No. 173) — Marcus McKethan, G, North Carolina
Round 6 (No. 182) —
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