The Jets selected Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland in the 3rd round tonight which completed Day 2 of the Draft. So far so good for the Jets as they have addressed needs in all 3 rounds. McDougle was a bit of a surprise as he wasn’t rated as highly as some corners on the board. He ran a 4.42 forty yard dash but is a little short at 5’10″ and has some durability concerns. He is coming off of shoulder surgery in September. Before he was injured he had 3 interceptions in the young season. Here is the reaction from the Twitterverse:
#Jets loved McDougle. A little reach here IMO but an excellent piece to the CB rotation.
— Drew (@DrewfromJersey) May 10, 2014
I had a chance to interview Dexter McDougle at the combine. Great kid – great character – if the shoulder is okay, terrific football player.
— Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) May 10, 2014
Rex Ryan likes corners. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
— Gang Green Nation (@GangGreenNation) May 10, 2014
And there’s the CB. McDougle has speed, could be a project for Rex and Tim McDonald. Two of the first three #Jets picks for defense.
— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) May 10, 2014
Dexter McDougle pic.twitter.com/nY4o4NLEi5
— Scott Salmon (@ScottSalmon48) May 10, 2014
Mel Kiper says Rex Ryan found McDougal himself. I’m on board. #Jets
— Bryan Fonseca (@itsbryanson) May 10, 2014
In three games last season, McDougle had 3 INTs (1TD) before a broken collarbone ended his 2013 campaign. Extremely physical player.
— Eric Allen (@eallenjets) May 10, 2014
Reaction to the pick generally is that the player has the chance to be a good NFL player but this pick was a reach and McDougle could have been picked on Day 3. Whether or not that is true is a moot point, Rex found this player and I give him more latitude with a pick because he knows a lot more about defense and who has talent than I do. John Idzik has had a feel for when players were going to be selected in the draft and has been ahead of the positional runs so perhaps another team was in on McDougle as well.