Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah Utes defensive back Keith McGill makes a catch during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Keith McGill: Scouting the NFL Draft

Keith McGill is under the draft spotlight tonight. One position that the Jets haven’t paid as much attention to is the cornerbacks. That changed as the months have gone along, the Jets have acquired Dimitri Patterson, and re-inherited players such as Ellis Lankster, and Darrin Walls. Let’s see what type of addition that McGill could be.

We start with his college stats:

Defense & Fumbles

Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2011 Utah Pac-12 SR DB 5 6 6 12 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2013 Utah Pac-12 SR DB 1 28 9 37 0.5 0.0 1 19.0 1 12 0
Career Utah 34 15 49 0.5 0.0 1 19 19.0 1 13 0 0 0 0

McGill measures in at 5’11”, 211 pounds. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.51 seconds. Let’s to the video tape:


McGill reminds me, style wise, of Wayne Chrebet. I know they aren’t the same age but it will be a marquis match when 5 “House” fans get together. McGill is of the few wide receivers that is ready to play in coverage on the next level. We haven’t seen anyone else show these types of man coverage that Keith can show.  Look at him playing man to man with press.  It’s good to see by Darrelle.  He has an excellent nose for the end zone.  Once he has it in his hands, he is gone!


Here is what said in the NFL.com article:

Lacks the physicality and toughness desired at safety. Does not support the run aggressively or play to his size. Average transitional quickness. Still has some junior-college habits. Footwork needs refinement.

The negatives were fairly visible on the tape. He may need to come up a bit more to support the run, though I think this issue won’t be as large when this guy gets into the pros.

Bottom line, Keith McGill could be a useful asset on the third day of the draft.

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