For former Utah Utes football stars Keith McGill and Trevor Reilly it appears that their dreams of playing in the NFL with guaranteed contracts will come true as NFL Draft 2014 is set to kick off on Thursday, May 8. For other former Utes players it appears that the late rounds are the best they will do -- if they are drafted at all.
McGill, who should play cornerback at the next level after making the transition from safety at Utah, possesses attributes like height and speed that are simply too enticing for NFL teams to pass on. This despite his advanced age (he’s 25 years old) and his apparent lack of big-play ability (only one interception last season).
McGill’s numbers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis were also off the charts -- which makes him a can’t miss first or second round pick at the draft. His movement has barely wavered since, as most mocks have him going between pick Nos. 55-60 of the second round.
As for Reilly, he’s also up there in age. But, most mock drafts still have him going in about the third round because he‘s versatile enough to play several linebacker spots and defensive end -- so the Website WalterFootball.com has had him locked in as a solid early third round pick for weeks now.
Which NFL team McGill or Reilly is going to is still up for debate -- some mocks like Drafttek.com think it’s New Orleans all the way for McGill -- but it does appear both Utes are getting paid in the very near future. That may not be the case for other Utes like tight end Jake Murphy -- an early entry NFL Draft candidate -- as well as senior full back Karl “The Truth” Williams.
Both Murphy and Williams are late-round possibilities, according to several mocks. Murphy appears to be targeted by several teams in the late sixth and early seventh rounds -- while Williams could go in the seventh round. There are several NFL teams hurting for tight ends and fullbacks so anything is possible on draft day.