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Missouri’s McGuire drafted by Browns, Manuel signs with Chiefs

by News Tribune | April 30, 2023 at 1:13 a.m.
Missouri defensive lineman Isaiah McGuire was drafted in the fourth round Saturday by the Browns. (Associated Press)

For the 19th consecutive season, the Missouri Tigers have had a player drafted into the NFL.

The newest addition to the streak dating to 2005 is defensive lineman Isaiah McGuire, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns with overall pick No. 126 in the fourth round.

The four-year Tiger led the team in sacks in each of the past two seasons, recording six in his junior season and 7.5 last year as a senior. His mark of 16.5 career sacks places him 13th in Tiger history.

The 6-foot-4, 268-pound defensive end started 33 games and played in 41 during his four years in Columbia, amassing 116 total tackles, 31 for loss, and three forced fumbles. He was voted a team captain last season and made second-team All-SEC.

McGuire has become the eighth Missouri player drafted by the Browns, but only the third since 1968. He will join former Tiger teammate Jordan Elliott on Cleveland’s defensive line. McGuire was the second defensive lineman the Browns drafted this year, joining third-round pick Siaki Ika from LSU.


Alongside McGuire in the draft, Missouri safety Martez Manuel signed as an undrafted free agent, staying close to home and joining the Kansas City Chiefs.

Manuel, a Rock Bridge graduate, played all four years in Columbia, totaling 47 games, only missing two in his sophomore season.

Manuel was third on the team in total tackles (77) as a junior in 2021, with 60 of those coming solo. Manuel had eight tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.

As a senior in 2022, he was fourth on the team with 49 total tackles with 10 coming for a loss to go with four sacks.

The 6-foot-0, 213-pound defensive back will join a Chiefs defense that allowed 3,756 total passing yards for an average of 220.9 per game. He will also join former Missouri teammate Nick Bolton, who led the Chiefs with 180 tackles last season.


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