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2014 NFL Draft: New York Jets Select Dexter McDougle in Round 3


In the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jets selected Dexter McDougle at No. 80 overall. McDougle is a safety out of Maryland who didn’t work out at the Combine due to a shoulder injury but ran a 4.47 at his Pro Day. He only played 3 games in his senior season but still managed to haul in 3 interceptions before getting hurt.

McDougle is as fast as they come and can match just about any receiver down the field but he has trouble staying true on fakes and dekes. He also needs to build his strength up because he struggles with contact at the line of scrimmage and he’ll be in trouble if he isn’t able to at least slightly disrupt the route he’s covering. He is a leader and great teammate but there will be some serious competition for those cornerback spots although I don’t think McDougle is NFL-ready quite yet.

Even though I know he’s the type of guy Rex Ryan and John Idzik like, I’m confused by this pick. He probably won’t be in the mix for a starting role and as of now, is the type of guy who will only be used to cover 3rd-and-long type situations. The Jets are in dire need of some weapons to surround Geno Smith, and they did get Jace Amaro, but they just continue to pile up depth on defense and more specifically, the secondary. Here is his highlight tape:

The Jets have 9 picks remaining and in my opinion, they have to use most of those on offensive players, particularly receivers or running backs, and hope they can find a steal in the later rounds.

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