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Utah football: Keith McGill appears to be a lock as a 2nd round NFL draft pick

Utah Utes cornerback Keith McGill.
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A few months ago, the health status of former Utah Utes cornerback Keith McGill was as up in the air as his career -- which has experienced many ups and downs. But, for someone like McGill who possesses rare attributes for a person at his position, a combination of luck and height may soon see the 6-3, 211-pound corner be drafted as high as the second round.

Most Mock Draft boards now have McGill going between picks 55-60 of the second round of NFL Draft 2014 -- which is where teams in need of cornerbacks like New Orleans and San Francisco, not to mention San Diego -- are lurking at the moment. Keep in mind the draft order could change between now and later this week when the draft is set to begin.

One Mock Draft has McGill going to the Chargers at No. 57 overall in a report published by Sports Illustrated FanSided reporter Mike Flannery on Monday, May 5. McGill would be a natural fit with former Utes Eric Weddle and head coach Mike McCoy there and the Chargers are a program with which all Utes are very familiar -- because both Weddle and McCoy are still in close contact with the university.

Flannery added that McGill will be too good and too big and versatile for San Diego to pass up, bringing forth more intrigue if you’re a Utah fan -- as to where precisely McGill might go.

“The Chargers signed 6-2 corner Derek Cox last off-season and he was a bust, so they try again with another tall corner in McGill,” Flannery said in his report.

If for some odd reason you don’t see McGill in San Diego, you may see him don a San Francisco 49ers uniform at No. 56 overall because rumors have been rampant for weeks on the Website WalterFootball.com that McGill is a prime target of head coach Jim Harbaugh -- whose team now lacks any sort of depth at the cornerback position.

Another Mock Draft has McGill being taken as the 58th overall pick in the second round by New Orleans -- so based on those three mocks alone you can clearly see that one team might even be inclined to move up in the draft in order to take McGill. No matter what way you slice it, it appears McGill is going to be a second round pick later this week -- and receive a guaranteed contract.