Ravens draft primer: Keith McGill

With eight days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Cornerback

School: Utah

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 211

Round projection: Second

File this away: Instead of playing college football immediately after high school, McGill worked as a parking attendant at Disneyland before enrolling at an automotive and mechanic trade school.

Good: McGill certainly has the look of an NFL cornerback. His height, muscular build and long arms makes him one of the most intriguing defensive prospects in the draft. The Sporting News said he has the highest ceiling of any corner at the event. McGill fits the Seattle Seahawks' trend of taller cornerbacks such as Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. McGill has above average speed for his size. He holds up against the run.

Bad: There's a risk involved because McGill only played cornerback for one season after converting from safety. McGill has to work on his technique when jamming receivers, which is critical because he has the size to excel in press coverage. Durability is a concern because he was sidelined for as many games as he played. McGill missed the entire 2012 season because his recovery from shoulder surgery didn't progress as fast as expected. His toughness doesn't always match up to his imposing size.

Bottom line: Even though the Ravens are set with their starting cornerbacks, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team decided to take a cornerback like McGill in the second round. The Ravens are looking to fill the void at the third cornerback spot after Corey Graham left in free agency, and they may need an eventual replacement for Lardarius Webb, who could be a cap casualty in 2015. McGill doesn't have the same level of athleticism as Jimmy Smith, but he would form a sizable tandem with him. The Ravens brought in McGill for a pre-draft visit.

What McGill said: “The coaches wouldn't have moved me to corner if I didn't have the length, if I didn't have the size or the flexibility or the hips or the speed. I'm able to play it successfully. I did a lot of trial and error this year. Not that I got outright beat or anything like that, but I'm still working through the things in my toolbox that I need to improve on."