McGrone, an All-Big Ten honoree following the 2019 season, appeared in 19 games in his Michigan career with 15 starts at middle linebacker. He started all five games he played in this past season prior to tearing his ACL in a November victory at Rutgers.
McGrone was thrown into the lineup as a redshirt freshman in 2019 and looked like a player who could step in and fill the void left by Devin Bush, albeit still with some ups and downs. The defense as a whole took a step back in 2020, which led to a bit of a down season for the young linebacker prior to his season-ending injury.
McGrone should best be viewed as a developmental prospect with a mid-round grade. Ideally McGrone will land in a situation where they’re willing to get creative with him in a blitz-friendly scheme. McGrone has a ways to go as a coverage linebacker, and it’s going to take time for him to consistently win one-on-one against stout linemen in the NFL. Where McGrone excels is when he’s able to be aggressive and get in a zone where he can fly. A landing spot such as the Pittsburgh Steelers, a zone-blitz centric D with former Michigan LB Devin Bush would be a great place for McGrone.
The first round of the draft was held on Thursday night with the second and third rounds on for Friday. The event concludes from Cleveland, Ohio with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday.