With their third round pick the Jets selected cornerback Dexter McDougle from Maryland. McDougle is a fast, (4.49 40), potential play-making/ballhawking corner, but missed a large chunk of playing time in college due to a variety of injuries.
McDougle suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year and broke his collarbone in a scooter accident in 2011. Because of the injuries there isn’t a lot of tape available on McDougle but he has long arms (30 1/2″), a thick frame (196) and that 4.49 speed.
McDougle has good route awareness, sticks to receivers with good positioning and does a good job of getting his head turned around to make a play on the ball. He can play press man-coverage, but will likely have trouble mixing it up with the bigger/more physical receivers.
He’s an aggressive corner, with good eye discipline and tracks the ball well. Is a willing and able tackler, hard hitter for his size, but needs to clean up his tackling technique and improve shedding blockers. Excellent at identifying routes, will sniff out runs and screens and jump routes.
The Jets obviously believe he can become a play-maker in their secondary, but with his limited playing experience his skill-set is fairly raw and will have to be smoothed out. Luckily for him and the Jets Rex Ryan knows a thing or two about coaching up corners.
Unless they make a last minute trade the Jets are done for the night, going three rounds without selecting a wide receiver in the deepest receiver class ever. With three picks to kick off the day, in round four, tomorrow one would think the Jets will be eyeing a receiver or two, of course we said that for rounds one through three as well.
We’ll have more from Rex Ryan and Idzik, including quotes from McDougle soon.
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