With just about 24 hours remaining until the NFL draft, former Maryland Terrapins football players are anxiously awaiting to hear their name called. Maryland may not be a football powerhouse, but they do tend to have a few prospects each year that show NFL potential. These past couple years have been more scant than normal (despite the fact that more Terps are in the NFL than ever) in terms of prospects, though; year might be rock bottom.
Dexter McDougle represents 100% of the realistic NFL draft prospects for the Terrapins, and we should really be hoping he gets drafted. Fun fact: the Terps have had a player drafted in 27 of the past 29 NFL drafts; their only misses came in 1994 and 2012. But does McDougle stand a chance at making it to the bigs?
Dexter McDougle, CB
Weight: 195 lbs
2013-14 Stats: 14 tackles (13 solo), 3 INTs, 1 TD, 2 passes deflected over 3 games
Career Stats: 151 tackles (114 solo), 6 INTs, 1 TD, 19 passes deflected over 36 games
Draft Prospectus: 6th round
McDougle is looked at by most scouts as a sixth rounder at best, which should tell you how good this draft is at the corner position. Even though he missed most of his senior season due to a broken shoulder blade, McDougle is a still plenty talented enough to play in the NFL to some extent. He may not be a starter, but he does have the requisite physical skills to at least learn the position adequately.
McDougle tore it up during his pro day, with a sub-4.5 40-yard dash and an impressive 122-inch broad jump. Couple that with a 37 inch vertical and you get the picture: McDougle definitely isn’t hurt, and his time off from football hasn’t slowed him physically. Did that do enough to improve his draft stock in the eyes of NFL scouts who haven’t seen a ton of him? Maybe, maybe no.
Rotoworld seems to think he’s not quite skilled enough on-ball, but still projects him being drafted late sixth or seventh round. That isn’t great, but it’s still in the NFL. The last thing you want is to go undrafted and have to work your way in. Who will end up taking him is also literally unguessable, as most mock drafts don’t go that high. Still, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers have gotten some good looks at him, and I believe the Seahawks have expressed interest. It would be cool if he got drafted by a Texas team, so perhaps he could earn the nickname Dex Mex, but that’s conjecture.
Regardless, we’ll find out soon enough whether scouts feel he can make it.