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Jets select CB Dexter McDougle

With the No. 80 pick in the NFL Draft, the Jets selected cornerback Dexter McDougle out of Maryland.

McDougle is listed at 5 feet 10 inches and 196 pounds. He made 113 tackles over his four-year career with the Terrapins, including six interceptions. Three interceptions came in 2011 and three more last season before his season ended prematurely.

Battled a few injuries during his college career, including a scooter accident requiring collarbone surgery and a severely jammed shoulder in his senior year, also needing surgery.

McDougle’s top strength is his speed, but he did not run at the NFL Combine due to the shoulder injury. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at his pro day.

NFL’s draft profile projected him to be a sixth or seventh round pick.

The Jets had McDougle in for a pre-draft visit.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

McDougle is a bit of an unknown quantity due to the fact he missed most of last year with a shoulder injury, but we know from his free agent strategy that this isn’t going to put John Idzik off if he sees a chance for value. Some will call this a reach, but McDougle’s stock was rising after he tested better than expected at his pro day and the Jets have shown interest from the start. He should be a good scheme fit and has excellent athleticism and intangibles, but there will be plenty of competition for playing time at cornerback next year with the current crop of corners underrated by many.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Confess that I don’t know too much — if anything — about McDougle, who was off my radar, especially as a priority player on Day Two of the draft. Up until now, the Jets were playing it down the center with picks of S Calvin Pryor and TE Jace Amaro … this pick is a departure from that rather straight-laced approach.

While the consensus seems to be that McDougle is a good player the big concerns around him are that he seems injury prone. McDougle suffered a knuckle injury early at Maryland and then played just three games as a senior due to a shoulder injury,

Every site I go to tells me that McDougle should be a sixth- or seventh-rounder … at best I’ve found a site that talks about him as a potential fifth-rounder … and that was a University of Maryland sports blog.

So, why take a player that conventional wisdom says would still be available in the next round, let alone maybe 2-3 rounds from now? OL Gabe Jackson was taken with the very next pick. Rice’s Phillip Gaines went a few picks later. Is McDougle worth being drafted before him? Desir? McGill?

What do the Jets know that we don’t? Here’s what Tony Pauline writes about McDougle on his site: “Nice-sized cornerback who displayed a lot of skill before the shoulder injury last season. Instinctive and immediately locates the ball in the air. Effective facing the action, quick up the field to help defend the run, and shows an explosive burst to the play out of his plant. Quick to close to the action. Wrap-up tackler.”

As for his negatives? He can play soft and he is susceptible to jams and underneath throws. He can also get caught peeking at quarterbacks.  Does this make him a third rounder?

In the end, he’s a good player who had his senior season cut short. Maybe had he been able to play the whole season his play would have matched where the Jets drafted him .. maybe.

We hope he surprises. but this is a head-scratcher for me … until I can see otherwise I see this as an Anthony Schlegel level reach.




777 comments
Peter James Normandia
Peter James Normandia

Got to live draftniks. If they haven't scouted him they refer to other draftniks. By this logic we had the steal of the draft with Trevor Reilly (2nd rd grade) in the 7th.

This also is why teams are give great draft grades for rookies that have little impact. What was the Jets grade last year for drafting 5 day one starters? Lol

metjetnet
metjetnet

Rex dreams about corners the way children dream about puppies & kittens.

Until further notice or until more appreciable evidence with which to judge comes in, I'm reserving opinion & deferring to Rex's expertise & savvy on CBs. If Rex sees quality & value there, who am I to complain?

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Without a proven, or high-potential WR, no matter what, we're going to be "ground and pound" again this season.

Scott Berger-Felder
Scott Berger-Felder

All these picks and dude couldn't move higher in the second round to get lee? our second and a fourth should have got it done, but Idzik was probably on his lowball tactics again.

McGeorge
McGeorge

Even if he's ok, it was a reach, and thus a mistake.

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

If we open up the rd getting Jared Abbredris (too lazy to check for spelling) and with our other 4th rd we get DAT.

Will you guys be happy if that's all we do in offense in this draft?

Marvel
Marvel

After doing research, my only concern is health. BUT another solid pick.

nyjets95
nyjets95

We should get Pierre Desir, Bryant , and Bruce Ellington :)

Robert Epperly
Robert Epperly

Macdougal is also very AGGRESIVE!  I like our defensive backfield with Milliner, Pryor, Allen, Macdougal, and the top nickel back in the NFL, Kyle Wilson...according to Pro Football Focus Wilson's stats were numero uno...

Robert Epperly
Robert Epperly

Chris Johnson, Decker, Amaro, Powell, Ivory, KERLEY, .....now what we need is BLOCKERS UP FRONT and a future OLB to replace Pace. Dwight Jones could be the real deal as well. His highlights are outstanding...

Robert Epperly
Robert Epperly

check Macdougal's highlights, he is a terrific, speedy, playmaker. I predict he will start before the year is over. Amaro is a great pick. Love the JETS!

WW85
WW85

Very disappointed in the 3rd round & how it developed, but I'm not surprised. The Seattle M.O. devalues WRs & Idzik follows that. I would have fought to get back into rd 2 to get Cody Latimer who went 56. Latimer is so versatile with speed & blocking ability. He had potential to be Keenan Allen. There was no urgency to grab Mcdougle there, esp with Mcgill & Reynolds & Exum & Desir still available. 


At this point, I like Norwood or Abrederis. Both have good hands & are nice 3rd down targets. But I guess we will pick 2 LBs, OL, another TE

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Idzik always says that he sticks to his board why are you surprized?

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@McGeorge I thought so as well, but you don't know that other teams weren't just as high on him. No GMs that I know of use Kiper's big board.

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

O well he is in our team better now. I prefer the 3rd rd rather then the 2nd rd.

Monty
Monty

@Robert Epperly  when we go to a dime look we can have wilson and mcdougal inside I think that would be very formidable agains the welkers  of the world. 

levi
levi

@WW85  If Idzik devalues WR's why did he try to trade up for Lee?

bradysucks
bradysucks

@levi @WW85  


He could have traded up for Landry, Robinson etc......He passed on Moncrief for a player that would have been there in round 4 or 5......


I can't fault his picks of Amaro or Pryor though.......I like McDougal but the value seems terrible.....


It is shocking that Idzik would ignore a position as important as WR in the draft......with so much good talent there for the taking......There have been almost 20 Wr's drafted

WW85
WW85

@levi Drafting WRs I should say.  Who knows what happened in the draft room?

bob
bob

@bradysucks @Brendan


From what I'm hearing his moma said he has to be drafted in the 3rd round or she's making him come home. I think he has to clean his room or he will be grounded during mii camps.

__fense
__fense

@WW85 @Brendan  The draft still is deep. The deeper the draft, the more value to get out of picking a WR later.

WW85
WW85

@Brendan Sure, but this draft was so deep. The guys who went in the botton of the second would be normal 1st rounders. And we had the firepower to move, but didnt. It's just a philosophy, but our offense is just so pathetic isn't it worth trying to get a NCAA battle tested WR?

WW85
WW85

@levi Abrederis & Norwood seem like guys that can be decent 3rd down targets--possession receivers & can fill in if Decker gets injured. 

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 History tells us that WR's are the biggest crap shoots in the draft process though, doesn't it? Maybe this is an odds-based strategy? 

levi
levi

@WW85  Are there any WR's in the 4th worth drafting?

levi
levi

@WW85  I dont agree that they devalue WR though. They clearly had guys higher on their board than the WR that were available.

WW85
WW85

@levi Yeah of course, but when you devalue WR in the draft  that stuff is going to happen.

levi
levi

@WW85  C'mon man that stuff happens every year. A lot of other teams missed on that too. I did research McDougal after the pick and I liked what I saw but Im no expert thats why I will trust Reax and Co.

WW85
WW85

@Brendan No. It just means we are allowed to question them, especially the strategy of avoiding WRs early in the draft. 

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 Does that mean we can question every team that passed on him (meaning all of them)? 

Brendan
Brendan

@BDarc23 I mean, if you want to do this properly, then yes. But BS only considers WR's part of the passing offense, so let's not confuse things. 

WW85
WW85

@levi Why do you have to believe that?  Did they know what they were doing picking Winters over Keenan Allen?

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan @bradysucks  


I like what the Jets have done as a whole Brendan.......I just don't understand how they can let so much great WR talent slip through their hands when Idzik has had all of free agency and so much ammunition to work with in this draft.....


I do not feel Idzik has done enough to improve WR....


Guys like Revis will make Decker invisible leaving the Jets with the same WR's who couldn;t get it done last year

Monty
Monty

personally  I dont mind keeping the picks...If we strike out sign miles austin..

Monty
Monty

@bradysucks  they could draft 3 wide outs in the 4th round and hit on someone big. ..with the extra picks they could take a chance on a qb they might not have selected

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks And they signed the best FA WR on the market to help fix that. They're not done yet. Please stop. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@WW85 @bradysucks  


exactly......The wide receiving group has been the weakest area of the team the past 2 years 

Monty
Monty

@bradysucks @Monty  well with 12 picks you'll get a really good look at what kind of talent evaluation staff we have.  If the draft is a crap shoot 12 picks helps the odds doesnt it.   

I want to see what we have in idzik.. this draft  will show us a lot. 

levi
levi

@bradysucks  I know you wanted a WR early as most of us did but I cant complain so far. Yeah the McDougal pick came out of nowhere but I gotta believe Idzik and Rex know what they are doing.

WW85
WW85

@bradysucks There were some really terrific WRs that could have changed our offense. We had the firepower to make a move and passed.  When you have Geno & not Russell, you need good pass catchers. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan @bradysucks  


I honestly would not be surprised if the answer is yes....


In Rex and Idzik I don't trust (when it comes to offense)......


Seeing is BELIEVING

Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks No, I would like you to tell me. 


Are the Jets done adding WR's? 


In one breath you approve the picks, while in the next you trash the team for not adding WR's. Your logic is a maddening circle of insanity sometimes, BS. 

Monty
Monty

@bradysucks  trading up means throwing picks away..we have 3 picks in the fourth,,the fourth has been good to us..cotchery, rhodes, leon..I want to see what Idzik can do with these..the best value is to just make your picks.. and idzik is all about value

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Brendan @bradysucks  


Figure it out


The passed on tremendous WR talent to draft a gut who would be there in the 4th or 5th round...



You don't need 12 picks

bradysucks
bradysucks

@levi @bradysucks  


If you want to go to a gun fight with a knife.....then so be it



Brendan
Brendan

@bradysucks Ignore it besides signing the #1 FA target at the position, you mean. And ignore through three rounds, when he has 9 picks remaining in the draft, you mea. Right? 

Monty
Monty

@WW85 @Monty  they have 3 picks in the 4th.. 2 of those could be wide outs who knows.If they stike out  they can sign austin or holmes..I would take holmes back as a 2 or 3 

WW85
WW85

@Monty Decker Kerley & Nelson are the 3. They are decent, but hardly scaring anyone. If one of them gets injured, well we saw last year. We lose a lot of games because we can't score. 

Monty
Monty

@WW85 @Brendan @levi  we now have at WR 

Decker, kerley , nelson, hill, ford, gates

Theyll draft someone in the 4th im sure..but for a run first team with a 2 tight end set.. these might be your wideouts..

we needed another pass catcher It didnt matter the position and we got one..



Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 Yeah, they draft low (or go UDFA) and bring in veterans via trade or FA (Rice, Harvin). 

WW85
WW85

@Brendan @levi  I should say in the draft room. Go look at Seattle picks in Idzik years. I dont think a WR ever went in the 1st 3 rds.  Maybe once