Taking a deeper look at Raiders fourth round pick Keith McGill


With their second pick in the fourth round, 116 overall the Raiders select Keith McGill. Taking him in the fourth round is good value for the Raiders. Some think he could have gone in the second or third round. This was another good pick by Reggie Mckenzie because it was a great value and a position of need.

McGill is a big cornerback. Richard Sherman big. He becomes one of the tallest defensive backs in the NFL. Taller than any of the cornerbacks on the roster right now, he gives Oakland a guy who can match the size of bigger wideouts. He has long arms and a 39 inch vertical. McGill has good speed (4.44/4.51) and big hands. If he can use those along with his long arms in pressing the opposing receiver, he will undoubtedly disrupt the timing of the passes.

McGill is a former safety. The Raiders view him as a corner but his versatility is a great asset.  General manager Reggie McKenzie likes versatile players who can be moved around when needed. McGill surely fits that and the hybrid scheme Dennis Allen and Jason Tarver run.

McGill’s size is exactly what teams are looking for in a cornerback for today’s NFL. McGill gives the Raiders options in the secondary. He is also 25 which is old for a rookie just about to enter the league. So I fully expect him to come in and compete for immediate playing time. I expect to see him as the fourth cornerback. Pushing Chimdi Chekwa out of the way. I think the Raiders found a solid and potentially a impact player.

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