As NFL fans saw throughout the Seattle Seahawks‘ dominant postseason play, tall and lengthy cornerbacks are becoming extremely valued in today’s NFL. Richard Sherman is the definition of a player who had the physical traits coming into the league, but coaching was needed to make him the playmaker he is today. The tallest cornerback in this year’s draft class is Utah‘s Keith McGill. Although he is still quite raw in terms of his technique and coverage skills, McGill has the tools to be a starting-level cornerback.
The Utah product is 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, but that’s not even the best part. The most intriguing thing about McGill is his arm length. McGill has 33-inch arms, and this is important because he is lengthy enough to keep a good distance between him and a receiver when the ball is in the air.
One of best things about McGill is his athletic ability. The California native is a born athlete, as he played football, basketball and track in high school. But like I said earlier, McGill is raw, as was exhibited by his three-cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine. The main problem I have with McGill is something he cannot fix, and that is his age. McGill will be coming into the league at the age of 25 which means he has no time to waste in his development.
The Oakland Raiders have had trouble developing talent in the past few years, so it will be up to this year’s coaching staff to work with McGill to iron out his kinks. He is not a finished product yet, but McGill has the necessary tools to be a good player for the Raiders going forward. With Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers in Oakland’s division, passing the ball will be something that will happen often. The Raiders will need some immediate contributions from McGill in 2014.