Former Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle has officially signed with the New York Jets, the team announced via its Twitter page on Tuesday night.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“He’s a guy we feel really good about, just a physical guy who can really do a bit of everything,” head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement. “He has hands for the interception, he can find it, he can play press, he can play off, he can play outside, he can play inside and he’s not afraid of contact. That was impressive to me. He’s fast enough, he’s physical and he’s a strong guy. We certainly look forward to when he can get rolling out there.”
McDougle was the only Maryland Terrapin taken in this year's NFL Draft, having been selected in the third round.
He appeared in only three games this past season for the Terrapins before his career was ended by injury in Week 3 against Connecticut. While making an open-field tackle McDougle's shoulder collided awkwardly with an opponent, fracturing his shoulder blade.
He remained with the team during his recovery and the program's march to the Military Bowl. Come the spring, he participated in front of NFL scouts at the team's pro day in his first live, public action since the injury.
While there, he posted a 37-inch vertical leap and a 40-yard dash that ranged from 4.47 to 4.53.