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Utah Utes football: Keith McGill selected much lower than expected at NFL Draft

Utah cornerback Keith McGill.
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With numerous mock drafts saying that with his size and speed that Utah Utes cornerback Keith McGill would be selected sooner rather than later at NFL Draft 2014, you had to be surprised as a Ute fan when you didn’t hear his name being called in the second round. After the third round you were probably wondering why so many teams were taking a pass on him, too.

But in the fourth round on Saturday, May 10, the team that many NFL teams love to hate -- or the Oakland Raiders -- finally took a chance on the 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound towering specimen in the secondary, putting an end to all the speculation as to where McGill might go.

The Raiders selected McGill just six picks after the St. Louis Rams took Utah State safety Mo Alexander, with the 116th overall choice in the fourth round. So even though McGill had a stellar NFL Combine and a good Senior Bowl game it mattered little in the end -- and he ended up going in the draft later than many had expected.

Even so, McGill told Deseret News reporter Dirk Facer in a telephone interview on Saturday that he was obviously wondering for quite some time -- two days, as a matter of fact -- why his name hadn't been called but that he didn't fret over it.

"I was definitely frustrated I wasn't getting drafted," McGill said in a teleconference with the Raiders' media. "I saw some people going ahead of me, but that's nothing I can control. All I can control is what I'm going to do on the field."

McGill wasn’t the only Ute whose draft stock slipped. Linebacker Trevor Reilly, a versatile player that some had going in the top three rounds of the draft, dropped all the way to the seventh round before he was taken by the New York Jets with the 233rd overall selection. Tight end Jake Murphy was not selected by any NFL team and will have to earn his way on as a free agent.