Jets draft Maryland's Dexter McDougle in 3rd round

Jets draft Maryland's Dexter McDougle in 3rd round
May 10, 2014, 1:30 am
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(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

With the 16th pick of the third round of Friday night's NFL Draft, the New York Jets took a chance.

Though he played only sparingly during his injury-shortened senior season at Maryland, cornerback Dexter McDougle became the newest member of the Jets organization after being selected with the 80th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

McDougle, who had three interceptions in just three games in 2013 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 3 vs. Connecticut, remained with the team throughout the season and rehabbed before graduating from the university following the fall semester.

He attended the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis in February, though he did not take part in the physical tests the event offered while he continued to regain strength in the surgically repaired shoulder.

That led up to Maryland's pro day, where McDougle shined in his first public appearance on the field since the injury.

According to the Jets, he registered a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical leap. Though slightly undersized at 5-10, those pro-day numbers likely boosted his stock and helped him land in the third round with New York.

The Jets were one of the number of teams with which McDougle visited before the draft, while garnering interest from a handful of others.

New York announced the news of its pick with a picture on Friday evening:

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