May 10, 2014
NEW YORK CITY--
Ute defenders Keith McGill and Trevor Reilly are headed to the NFL after being selected on the final day of the draft. The Oakland Raiders chose cornerback McGill with the 16th pick of the fourth round and linebacker Reilly went three rounds later to the New York Jets as the 18th pick of the seventh round. Including McGill and Reilly, there are now 25 Utes on current NFL rosters.
McGill, who was the 116th overall pick, will join former Ute teammate Tony Bergstrom on the Raiders. Bergstrom, an offensive lineman, was a third-round pick by Oakland in 2012.
Reilly, the 233rd overall pick, will also have a former Ute teammate on his new club. Defensive lineman Tevita Finau is in his second season with the Jets after starting his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with Philadelphia. The most famous Utes to go in the seventh round were Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Larry Wilson (1960 to the St. Louis Cardinals) and Pro Bowl running back Jamal Anderson (1994 to Atlanta).
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound McGill came to the Utes as a safety before switching to corner his senior season, when he was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 after leading the conference in pass breakups with 12 and finishing second in passes defended per game (1.08).
Prior to 2014, when he started in all 12 games, McGill's first two seasons at Utah were disrupted by injuries. He played in five games at free safety his first season in 2011 before suffering a season-ending injury, and another injury cost him the entire 2012 season. He returned to the field as a cornerback and his 37 total tackles in 2014 included 28 solo stops.
Reilly leaves Utah ranked in the top five of six career record categories: sacks (20, 4th/tie), sack yards (144, 4th), tackles for loss (37, 3rd), TFL yards (202, 4th), fumble recoveries (6, 4th/tie) and fumbles forced (8, 2nd/tie).
Several other Utes expected to be invited to sign free agent contracts in the coming days.