DEXTER MCDOUGLE, CB
SCHOOL: MARYLAND | CONFERENCE: BIG10
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: SENIOR | HOMETOWN: FALMOUTH, VA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10 / 196 LBS.
Virginia prep missed most of his junior season, breaking two of his knuckles in a freak practice injury. Redshirted in 2009. Saw his first game action in '10, appearing in 11 games and recording 22 tackles, three pass breakups and zero interceptions. Returned five kickoffs for 71 yards (14.2-yard average). His season was cut short in early December when he was involved in a scooter accident, requiring surgery to repair a broken collarbone. Was elevated to starting cornerback in '11 and had 44-6-3 with 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble in 12 games. Scored on a 66-yard fumble return against North Carolina State. Started all 12 games at cornerback in '12 and recorded 71-5-0 with three tackles for loss. Made three starts in '13, tallying 14-2-3, before suffering a season-ending injury Sept. 14. Late that afternoon against Connecticut, in a game in which he already had two interceptions (including a 49-yard touchdown return), he dove low for a tackle and severely jammed his shoulder, necessitating surgery. Spent the rest of his college season traveling to every away game, attending every practice and sitting through every meeting. As a result, coach Randy Edsall presented him with the inaugural Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award at Maryland's end-of-year banquet. Shoulder injury prevented him from working out at the NFL Scouting Combine (medical exclusion).
STRENGTHS Excellent speed to keep pace vertically. Reads and reacts quickly. Mirrors off the line. Good balance, agility and change of direction. Zone aware. Plants and drives efficiently. Has short-area quickness and stop-and-start acceleration. Covers ground with the ball in the air and shows burst to close. Solid tackler. Fits in multiple schemes. Good teammate.
WEAKNESSES Lacks ideal height. Short on length and strength to jam and re-route receivers -- too often yields uncontested release off the line. Occasionally gets caught trying to read the quarterback’s mail -- squats on routes, bites on fakes and gets beat. Durability could be an issue.
DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 6-7
BOTTOM LINE Short, compactly built, athletic cornerback who was playing well when he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in September. Has the speed, quickness, competitiveness and toughness to compete for a role as a sub-package slot defender.
MEASURABLES McDougle made a healthy return by the Terps' Pro Day workout in College Park where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 and 4.48 sefconds. He also registered a 37-inch vertical leap, a 10-2 broad jump, a 4.18 in the 20-yard shuttle and a 6.84 three-cone drill.