Like Matt Patchan, Keith McGill has physical tools and potential that make him an intriguing prospect despite having an objectionable age, injury history and level of experience.
Despite already being 25 years old, the 2013 season was McGill’s first full year of starting experience at the major college level. A junior college transfer, McGill suffered a shoulder injury in 2011 that also kept him out for the 2012 season.
His on-field play also comes with its share of red flags. He doesn’t play with nearly the physicality and aggression scouts should want to see from a 6’3”, 211-pound cornerback, and he tends to give up too much cushion and short throws when he is not in press coverage.
Fortunately for McGill, he is entering the league at precisely the right time. Big cornerbacks are currently a hot commodity in the NFL, with teams looking to find the next Richard Sherman thanks to his success for the Seattle Seahawks, and McGill has a shot to strike while the iron is hot.
He has ideal size for any NFL team looking to add that at cornerback, and he combines his big frame with impressive athleticism. Possessing impressive speed for his size, fluid hips and great leaping ability, McGill can keep up with outside receivers deep downfield and make plays on the ball, as he is also an instinctive playmaker who jumps routes well.
McGill probably won’t be the next Richard Sherman, but he could be the next Brandon Browner, whose successful stint with the Seattle Seahawks—after five years out of the NFL—began when he was already 27 years old. Though McGill’s game is still in its developmental stages, a concerning fact considering his age, there are few defensive backs in this year’s draft with tools like his, and that should make him worth a shot in the middle rounds.
All measurables courtesy of NFL.com.
Dan Hope is an NFL/NFL draft Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.