Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland (HT: 5’10”; WT: 195 lbs)
Third Round: 80th Pick
NFL Comparison: Bill Bentley, CB, Detroit Lions
- He has a thick, muscular frame that matches up well with stronger receivers.
- When he lines up directly over the receiver, he has quick, active feet that help him trigger and break towards the ball on curl routes. His ability to blanket receivers on intermediate routes gave him multiple opportunities in each game he played in during 2013.
- Good distance speed allows him to run with most receivers. He doesn’t have the elite 4.35 40-yard dash time that teams love, but his 4.5-type speed is good for the coverages he is best for.
- Although he only played three games in 2013 due to a shoulder injury, his burn percentage was 89 percent, which is excellent. His ability to cover intermediate and deep routes was impressive.
- He plays the ball well because he keeps his eyes on both the receiver and the quarterback throughout the play. He doesn’t lose track of the receiver, showing the ability to stay on the hip of the receiver.
- He's a good blitzer off of the edge with his speed and elusiveness.
- His hips are fluid, showing the ability to change direction quickly without having to round off routes. That quickness helps cover quick outs and double-moves downfield.
- He fits best in off-man and Cover 3 schemes due to his skills and physical traits. He primarily played in off-man at Maryland, so if he’s fully recovered from injury, he could earn snaps early in his career in that coverage scheme.
- He missed the final nine games of the 2013 season due to a broken shoulder blade, which happened when he tried to “deliver the hardest hit of [his] career”. Trying to deliver the big hit is typical for McDougle, who had a tackling efficiency of only 50 percent in 2013, from what I charted.
- He doesn’t use technique when tackling, leading to many broken tackles. He needs to wrap up ball-carriers to avoid getting injured.
- He doesn’t win at the line of scrimmage enough to get consistent snaps in press-man or Cover 2 coverages. He doesn’t mirror well, leading to him biting on fakes and losing ground as soon as the ball is snapped.
- His overall athleticism might not be as good as it seems due to the level of competition faced, and he often opened his hips right away to compensate for lack of acceleration.
- His on-field production in 2012 wasn’t strong, so his upside can be difficult to project. Right as he started 2013 playing very well, his injury occurred. His medical reports will be important as teams evaluate where he will be drafted.
- Started 24 consecutive games at cornerback before getting injured in 2013.
- Twitter handle is @Blasian_Kiddd
- Graduating with a degree in criminology and criminal justice.
Dexter McDougle could be one of the best values of the defensive back class in the 2014 NFL draft if he is healthy and able to play in his first season. His physical traits and natural instincts are solid, projecting enough upside to become a productive starting cornerback.
Draft Projection: Fourth round