The Oakland Raiders traded back in the third round on day two of the NFL Draft and received an additional pick in the fourth round on day three. After taking a defensive tackle with their first pick in the fourth, the Raiders stuck with defense and took Keith McGill, a cornerback out of Utah.
In McGill, the Raiders get a guy who is a good compliment to 2013 first round pick D.J. Hayden. While Hayden is incredibly fast and athletic with great fundamentals, he’s a smaller corner who struggled against bigger receivers as a rookie. McGill is 6′ 3″, 211 pounds and loves to play physical press coverage. The Raiders finally have their big corner that can stuff a wide receiver at the line of scrimmage and get him off of his route, something that has been missing for a long time.
The Raiders added two veteran cornerbacks in Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers in free agency who will be starters this year as McGill tries to improve and learn the NFL game. If he can improve his fundamentals, he has the physical attributes to be a very good corner in the NFL.
Big, athletic, press-man corner with intriguing dimensions and movement skills. However, he does not consistently play to his size, needs to adopt a professional approach to the game and will have to be micromanaged. Would ideally fit in Seattle or Jacksonville.
Former JUCO All-America safety at Cerritos, McGill lasted only five games there with the Utes before a shoulder injury dictated a move to cornerback. McGill shows field awareness of a safety and even baits quarterbacks to throw underneath routes where he excels at closing on the ball. Uses height and long arms well, but lacks unbridled enthusiasm on run support. Frankly: Curiously reminiscent of Nnamdi Asomugha (Cal, Raiders, Eagles, 49ers), who maximized his height and ball skills as a boundary-style cornerback to make All-Pro. Like Asomugha, McGill seems more suited for safety except for that bad shoulder, which may explain why neither of them will be remembered as a big hitter.
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