Thanks to the now-infamous trade for running back Trent Richardson, the Indianapolis Colts won't be making a 2014 NFL Draft pick until the late portion of the second round. As such, we welcome wizened blogging veteran Brad Wells of Stampede Blue to the SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, where he'll be continuing a late trend of taking bigger defensive backs in our projection.
|59. Colts||Keith McGill, Utah||CB||6'3||211||SR|
"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."
Dan Kadar, SB Nation's NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Colts' mock draft pick of McGill:
At the NFL Combine, McGill told me he's still figuring out how to play cornerback. A month before that at the Senior Bowl, it showed. McGill has a way to go on timing and his backpedal. If he can get those two things figured out, look out. There may be no defensive back with as much size and natural skill in the draft as McGill.
|35||Demarcus Lawrence||DE||Boise State||6'3||251|
|41||Scott Crichton||DE||Oregon State||6'3||273|
|43||Lamarcus Joyner||S||Florida State||5'8||184|
|2||59||Indianapolis Colts||Keith McGill||CB||Utah|