Written By Evan McShane (@very_reasonable)
Robert McCray III, Defensive Lineman, Kansas City Chiefs, Undrafted Free Agent
Robert McCray saw his dreams come true the day after the draft as he landed a spot with the Kansas City Chiefs. McCray will join Richard Lagow in Kansas City in attempt to forge a career in the NFL. McCray took an official visit to Bloomington and immediately fell in love with Indiana University. He committed to the Hoosiers and signed his National Letter of Intent just five days after visiting campus.
As a true freshman, McCray played in ten consecutive games. He posted his first career tackle against the Michigan State Spartans. Although not a major contributor, McCray’s future following his freshman season was bright. He played in 11 games as a sophomore; taking a huge leap from his first college season. McCray racked up 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 5.5 tackles for a loss. His first career sack came against a road victory at Maryland.
Unfortunately, McCray missed the first four games of his junior year due to injury. He played the final nine games despite likely never being at full-strength. Still, he recorded eight tackles, one sack, and two tackles for a loss. Following his junior campaign, McCray was happy to have a healthy spring and summer to prepare for a breakout senior year. McCray delivered. His production increased dramatically as he recorded 20 tackles and 7.5 tackles for a loss. McCray found a knack for getting to the quarterback. He collected a team-leading six sacks. He led all IU defensive linemen in tackles for loss.
A strong senior season earned Robert McCray an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten team. He finished his collegiate career with 46 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and 8.5 sacks. McCray rose from a two-star recruit to a major contributor in the Big Ten. If history repeats itself, McCray could make the leap from IU to the NFL. Kansas City has given him an opportunity. Hoosier nation will be rooting for Robert McCray to thrive as a pro.
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