Keith McGill, CB, Utah
6’3, 211 lbs
Scouting Combine 40 time: 4.5
Why did we take McGill with the 59th overall pick? Here's our answer:
The Colts have spent over $72 million in guaranteed money in free agency on defensive players the last two years, including $20 million on recently re-signed corner Vontae Davis. However, outside of Davis, the Colts are extremely thin at corner. Greg Toler is the very definition of "injury prone," missing nine games last year with a groin injury. After him, the Colts have Josh Gordy -- who is often the punchline for jokes told by Rams fans -- and the undrafted Sheldon Price out of UCLA. Darius Butler is a good slot corner, but has limited effectiveness on the outside.
The choice of McGill here fills the need at reserve corner and, potentially, at safety. He played free safety at Cerritos Junior College before transferring to Utah. In 2013, he transitioned to corner, playing quite effectively at the new position. His 6’3, 211-pound frame is the flavor of the month in terms of ideal NFL corners. His 4.5 40 time at the combine, along with his 39-inch vertical leap, are the kind of measurables that give scouts bulges in their pants.The selection here was between McGill, Lamarcus Joyner and Jarvis Landry. Joyner can fill the same needs McGill can, but he’s shorter (5’8) and not as fast. Landry is an excellent receiver, but he isn’t the kind of player that could eventually replace Reggie Wayne. McGill just seems to have everything the Colts look for in a player: size, speed, strong character and experience against strong collegiate competition.