Raiders Giving Keith McGill 1st-Team Reps In Mini-Camp

The off-season is young, but one player creating some buzz in Oakland is second-year cornerback Keith McGill. A relative unknown even to Raider fans, the 2014 fourth-round pick is finally getting an opportunity.

Considered a project going into last year’s draft, the lanky McGill spent most of his rookie season learning from the sideline. A year later, the Raiders are giving him first-team reps in mini-camp.

It’s only June, so not a big deal, right? Not necessarily. Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. comes from Seattle where they covet long cornerbacks. At 6’3, no corner on the Raiders’ roster comes close to matching McGill’s length. Nevertheless, Norton Jr. specifically praised the length of his young cornerbacks this week. Was he talking about D.J. Hayden or T.J. Carrie? Maybe. But Hayden and Carrie both measured under 6’0 at their rookie combines.

What does head coach Jack Del Rio think of the player Mike Mayock once called a blend of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner? “He had a good, solid offseason,” Del Rio said of McGill, adding that the Raiders are confident in all their young cornerbacks.

The Raiders have two more days of mandatory mini-camp. After Thursday, the roster battles will take a break until training camp begins in late July.