With DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers all headed to free agency, the Redskins have to add more bodies at cornerback. They should target corners who offer greater size and a more physical style of play.
Utah Utes ball hawk Keith McGill is one such player. Standing 6'3" and weighing around 214 pounds, the Utes' star fits the bill as a long, press corner.
Cornerbacks with safety builds have become vogue thanks to the success of the Seattle Seahawks and their famed "Legion of Boom" secondary.
In fact, on a physical level, McGill is said to compare favorably to the imposing Seattle defensive backs. That is according to NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock, who is cited by College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin:
The tallest corner is Utah's Keith McGill, who measured 6-3 and 214 pounds at Monday's weigh-in. NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said Tuesday on NFL Network that McGill looks like a combination of Seattle's cornerback duo of Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.
McGill had an interception and 12 pass breakups for Utah this season, his only full season with the Utes. McGill played in five games after transferring in from a junior college before being injured in 2011, then missed the 2012 season with an injury. He played safety in 2011.
Mayock said the rise in taller corners should not be a surprise. With the move to more big-bodied wide receivers in the NFL, Mayock said teams are looking for "longer body frames" in their corners. He said some teams are willing to use corners who are "a little less quick-footed and explosive" as long as they are big.
The Washington secondary plays better when its corners adopt press techniques. Pairing McGill with 6'1", 205-pounder David Amerson would let the Redskins be more physical on the outside.
McGill is projected to be a third- or even fourth-round choice by CBS Sports. He would represent excellent value for the Redskins in either round.
Gruden and Allen cannot leave this draft without at least one cornerback capable of playing a prominent role in next season's rotation.