The Oakland Raiders addressed the secondary with their second pick in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Raiders selected Utah cornerback Keith McGill to fill an immediate need. Oakland adds McGill to play with 2013 first round pick DJ Hayden and two former San Francisco 49ers in Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown added via free agency.
McGill is in the new breed of NFL cornerback with outstanding size at 6-3, 211 pounds. He has long arms and is thought of as a press cornerback who can use that size to disrupt wide receivers. McGill has an interesting path to Oakland. He started out in junior college where he really made a name from himself becoming and All-American JUCO player. He proceed to Utah and started out as a free safety, but has lost for the season with a shoulder injury. He missed the entire next season rehabbing that shoulder injury that eventually require surgery. He returned last year and made his mark. McGill started all 12 games with 49 tackles, 12 pass defenses, and an interception.
At the 2014 NFL Combine, McGill was a top performer in both jumping categories. He exploded to a 39-inch vertical and a 129-inch broad jump. That is scary for a player who is already 6-3. He ran a 4.51 forty yard dash at that size.
McGill is a man coverage specialist with solid ball skills. He is a very good athlete with the versatility to play both cornerback and safety. He will need to work on using that size to be more physical. He is pretty raw as far as experience and footwork. He had the worst three cone drill of all corners at the combine. He will be a 25-year-old rookie.
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