The Kansas City Chiefs have signed their fourth unrestricted free agent of the off-season (not including undrafted FAs) in former Baltimore Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain, and most Chiefs fans will be a major fan of the move. Several NFL analysts also believe the move is a solid one for the Chiefs, who have added a “physical lead blocker” to a unit that already led the NFL in rushing last season.
Scouts, Inc. likes McClain’s game and says he’s an all-around threat, bringing a different dimension than most fullbacks bring to a team:
McClain has developed into one of the more physical lead blockers in the league. He is a big, strong player with deceptive agility and quickness. McClain has enough speed and quickness to get to the corner on perimeter leads. As a ball carrier, he is effective running between the tackles in short-yardage and goal-line situations. He has good vision to the hole with some ability to adjust and hit the hole with good pad level. He takes good angles to seal for position after attacking the line of scrimmage. He has good overall quickness, agility and balance to secure and sustain his blocks. He also has adequate hands as a receiver out of the backfield.
That 6-0, 260 lb. bulk will also come in handy in the red zone, where McClain could be a threat to run straight up the middle or catch a pass coming out of the backfield — and teams must be forced to respect both. New tall targets at wide receiver, the great hands of second year tight end Tony Moeaki and three solid backs should make the Chiefs quite a threat when getting the ball inside the 20 this season.