Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Keith McGill: I feel that my greatest strengths are my size and my ability to be physical. I also have good awareness on the field.
Scott Porter: What goals do you have for the NFL?
Keith McGill: My first goal is to be the best professional football player I can be. I believe that leads into other big goals for me. I want to be a great teammate, a role model and be part of a successful team. I want to help a team win and anyway I can help them get better as a team I will strive to do.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Keith McGill?
Keith McGill: They are getting a family man. I am married with a daughter. I am very dependable and accountable. I am a good leader and a good locker room type of guy. I feel that people find me easily approachable and I am a good listener. I am a good teammate off and on the field. If a guy is struggling with something I will put my arm around him and listen and give any advice that I have to offer.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Keith McGill: My first big accomplishment that comes to mind is just making it as far as I have and being in the situation that I am in right now. I have had a lot of ups and downs but I have stuck with it and have put myself in a good position. I made a smooth transition to cornerback rather quickly. I have only been playing cornerback since last February after playing the safety position until then. I only played the position one year and was able to make my way to the Senior bowl and the NFL Combine.
Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?
Keith McGill: Spending time with my wife and daughter. I don’t have a lot of free time so I try to take advantage anytime I can. I like to just relax with them. Any other free time with them I like to build things. I have a big passion for with cars. I like to fix them up and do a lot of stuff with cars.
Scott Porter: What are some of your favorite memories while at Utah?
Keith McGill: One that really sticks out is my Senior night. Running out in front of the fans to a loud applause was really special to me. To run out and see my daughter, my wife and my dad waiting for me. It was nice to see how appreciative people were of my 4 years at Utah. It was great to see the appreciation from the great fans at Utah and the coaching staff. That is a moment that will always stick with me.
Scott Porter: What was the Senior bowl experience like for you?
Keith McGill: It was surreal at first. The ability to be selected to play in that game was an amazing moment in my life. I heard by word of mouth that I was a possibility to play in that game. However, when I got the actual invite it was very special. My coach called me into his office one day and handed me the letter from the SR bowl committee. I sat down with him and I asked him to open it and read it to me. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without him so I wanted him to be the one to read the news to me. I wanted to share that moment with him. As far as the game it was a great experience to meet and practice and play against what people would consider the best player in college football was great. We all had the same goals out there to get to the next level and we are started on the same page. We all had to learn something new. Nobody was ahead or behind so it came down to who could learn the quickest. I felt I had a great camp and it was fun all around.
Scott Porter: What are you doing from now until draft time to prepare yourself for the NFL?
Keith McGill: Well I got the Senior bowl invite and the combine is still coming up so I am working hard to prepare for that. We didn’t reach a bowl game this year so I found away to take advantage of that and start training on December 8th while most others were preparing for a bowl game. I figured more time and hours couldn’t hurt me to prepare. A typical day for me right now is to work hard from 8 AM to 5 PM with a few hours inbetween for lunch and whatever else. I am working hard to improve on my 40, my back pedal and pretty much everything that I will be tested on when it comes to the combine and NFL workouts. I want to put myself in the best position possible to go as high as I can come draft day. Anything that I can work on to improve my draft stock I am working very hard on around the clock right now.
Scott Porter: Is there anyone you would compare yourself to in the NFL?
Keith McGill: Honestly, this is my first season at cornerback so it is hard for me to compare myself to another cornerback in the NFL. When I played safety I strived to model my game after Sean Taylor. That was the player I looked to and wanted to be known as. At cornerback I have been using my resources on the internet and any film I can get my hands on of the top cornerbacks in the NFL and watch and learn how they have been successful at the NFL level. I have tried to build my game after some of the best cornerbacks in the game that I have had the ability to watch. I watch a lot of what Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis, Sean Smith and Antonio Cromartie to see what their game consists of and how they have become premiere cornerback in the NFL. I don’t really want to work to be compared to other cornerbacks in the NFL. I want to be my own cornerback. I am working hard to make that happen instead of following in someone else’s footsteps.