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.comMcDougle 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.comConfess 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.