Andre Dillard and Kaleb McGary could not be more unalike.
Dillard grew up in the shiny Seattle suburb of Woodinville while McGary lived on spacious farm acreage in tiny Fife.
Dillard protected the blind side for quarterbacks Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew at left tackle for pass-happy Washington State University. McGary bulldozed defensive linemen to open up holes at right tackle for tailback Myles Gaskin at the University of Washington.
And yet, come Thursday, the pair might share something in common: Being picked in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
At least that is how trusted NFL draft expert Rob Rang sees it. Rang projects Dillard to be the third offensive tackle selected in the middle of the first round behind Florida’s Jawaan Taylor and Alabama’s Jonah Williams – with McGary right behind those guys late in the first round.
“(Dillard) has the best feet of any tackle in this draft class,” said Rang, a Tacoma native who has provided NFL Draft analysis for the likes of NFLDraftScout, CBS Sports and USA Today since 2001. “And (McGary) is so physical, and is very, very quick for a big man.”
Dillard (6-foot-5, 310 pounds) was an unheralded recruit out of Woodinville High School, with easily his best scholarship offer coming from the Cougars in 2014.
But the four-year letterman played in 42 games, starting 39 of those at left tackle. He garnered all-Pac 12 first-team honors last fall as a senior.
McGary (6-foot-8, 324 pounds) was part of UW coach Chris Petersen’s first recruiting class in 2014, and was widely considered the No. 2 in-state prospect behind safety Budda Baker, who now plays in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.
The two-time all-conference first-teamer played in 53 games, making 47 starts during his Huskies career. He was voted the Morris Trophy winner as the Pac-12’s top offensive lineman in 2019.
The last Washington state high school lineman product to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft was Stanford’s Joshua Garnett (28th overall pick to San Francisco) in 2016. He was a Puyallup High School graduate.