What are the experts saying about New York's decision to draft Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle with the 80th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft? There seems to be a general consensus, one that brings together questions about his health, his measurables, and his draft position.
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“The Jets need corner help, but this is high for McDougle. He is a smaller corner at 5-foot-10, but this seems like a reach.”
“The Jets must have been antsy to address their cornerback need because McDougle is a reach in the third round. He was widely projected as a third-day pick, primarily because of his medical situation.
“This is a risk-reward pick. When healthy, McDougle (5-10, 196 pounds) demonstrated NFL ability. He got off to a good start last season, with three interceptions in three games -- matching his interception total from his first three seasons. The raw ability is there…”
“Well, the Jets need a cornerback, right? McDougle, taken at No. 80 and the ninth cornerback selected, provides additional depth at a position where the Jets' top players right now are Dee Milliner—an improving but unproven talent entering his second year—and journeyman Dimitri Patterson. McDougle brings speed, but he's also something of a mystery, since he attended the NFL scouting combine in February but didn't partake in any workouts, a lingering effect from the shoulder injury that kept him out of much of last season.”
“McDougle is a bit of a mystery because he missed most of his senior season after injuring his shoulder on Sept. 14 against Connecticut. McDougle, who is 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, had three interceptions in the three games he played. He had three interceptions as a sophomore in 2011.”
“McDougle comes to the Jets with health questions. The CB missed the final nine games of the season with a shoulder injury, bringing back images of Dee Milliner from a year ago, who missed the offseason program after a shoulder injury of his own.”
“The Jets finally addressed their cornerback needs in Round 3 of the NFL draft – and raised some eyebrows in the process.
“But despite his injury history, the Jets believe they’ve added a solid corner to join Dee Milliner and first-round safety Calvin Pryor in their secondary.”
“The 5’10”, 196-pound University of Maryland product possesses very good speed and picked off six passes over his four NCAA seasons.”
"But I'm just humbled and I'm glad the Jets saw that an injury could not stop me and I'm the same guy that I was in those first three games and will continue to be."
“Every site I go to tells me that McDougle should be a sixth- or seventh-rounder...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?
“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.”
“Well at least I loved the first two picks the Jets made. Dexter McDougle has the potential to become a nice role player in the NFL. I think the third down is way too early for him.
“There were quality receiver prospects on the board here. If I'm going to reach a bit for an ancillary piece it's for Dri Archer to add a homerun hitter and another offensive weapon. In the fifth or sixth round I'm good with this pick. Not so much here.”