Keith McGill, CB, Utah (HT: 6’3 3/8”; WT: 211 lbs.)
Fourth Round: 116th Pick
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- Standing at over 6'3", McGill is easily the largest defensive back in the 2014 NFL draft class. His size has coaches and scouts drooling over what they could do with a player this big and athletic.
- Ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and was a top performer in the vertical and broad jumps.
- Recognizes plays quickly and starts the play by backpedaling or attacking the line of scrimmage with efficiency. By starting the play in the right direction, McGill cuts down on wasted movement.
- Incredible length helps break up passes at the last second while in coverage. He can overcome mistakes with his size and still get a hand on the ball.
- Strong enough to disrupt receivers at the line and jam them on their routes. By disrupting the timing of the offense, the defense gains an advantage.
- Good ball skills in zone coverage, where he can focus on keeping the receiver in front of him and stay facing the line of scrimmage.
- Good closing burst helps provide interception opportunities.
- He was able to jam Arizona State star wide receiver Jaelen Strong in 2013, which helps project McGill’s NFL potential. He can line up against big receivers or slower tight ends in the slot and be a true asset to the defense.
- Possesses special teams value after playing as a gunner in 2013.
- Has positional versatility and likely fits better long term as a safety in a Kam Chancellor role.
- Already 25 years old, which can be a major negative for prospects entering the NFL. The learning curve is steep, and being two years older than most prospects is not a positive.
- Has a history of injuries, including missing all of 2012 due to an injury. Can he stay healthy after completing only one season at Utah?
- Stiff hips in man coverage. Often gets beat by quick or fast receivers, such as Colorado’s Paul Richardson, on double moves. Hip stiffness negates his straight-line speed.
- Throttles down slowly due to heavy feet. He struggles coming back to the ball on comebacks and curls due to the lack of lateral explosion out of cuts.
- Opens his hips before the ball is snapped to gain a position advantage, but he needs to win with more technical ability. His footwork is fine, but his balance is poor.
- Struggles locating the ball when running downfield with a receiver. He gets physical whenever he can to get the receiver out of position and doesn’t worry about the ball as much as he should.
- Burn percentage of 27 percent, which indicates he is an average prospect. He performs best in zone coverages.
- Pac-12 honorable mention in 2013
- Transferred to Utah in 2011 from Cerritos College
- Called himself “Optimus Prime” in an interview at the 2014 Senior Bowl
- Sociology major who will graduate this spring
- 25 years old at the time of the NFL draft
As much as teams love the size and straight-line speed McGill has, they shouldn’t overlook how much he struggles moving laterally. He’ll have to play as large as he is to succeed; even then, don’t expect him to be put on an island without safety help over top. He fits best with a press-man or on-ball zone defense that can use his strength and help cover his weaknesses at corner. His long term might include switching to become a full-time safety due to physical limitations.
Draft Projection: Fourth Round