After suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against Connecticut in the third game of the 2013 season, it was uncertain whether or not Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle would be in a position to get drafted.
Uncertain no longer. McDougle was selected by the New York Jets with their third round pick (#80 overall) in Friday’s portion of the NFL Draft. The Maryland defensive back was projected by most to be a sixth of seventh round draft choice.
McDougle is coming into a phenomenal situation with the Jets. He could see time as the third cornerback if he has a strong training camp and preseason. The Jets currently have Dee Milliner (their 2013 first round pick) and Dimitri Patterson listed as the starters after Antonio Cromartie left via free agency. Former first round pick and Boise State product Kyle Wilson has had chances to make an impact, but hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire in four years with the team.
McDougle may have been drafted even higher if he played a significant part of the 2013 season. When he suffered the deflating injury, McDougle had already had three interceptions (one of which was a 49-yard touchdown against the Huskies) and also recorded 14 tackles in just three games.
The Virginia native is the highest Terrapin to be drafted since 2011 when wide receiver Torrey Smith was selected in the second round (#58 overall) by the Baltimore Ravens. Wide receiver Kevin Dorsey was picked in the seventh round (#224 overall) in 2013 by the Green Bay Packers.
We wish McDougle nothing but success in the NFL and will be rooting for his success. We’ll have more in-depth analysis of McDougle being a Jet in the coming days.