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NFL Draft 2014: Maryland CB Dexter McDougle picked by Jets

Ready to compete in the pros after his senior year injury


Dexter McDougle, one of  Maryland's more formidable defensive backs in years, is headed to the National Football League after being drafted by the New York Jets in the third round, with the 80th-overall pick.

The cornerback out of Virginia was highly-touted in high school, rated the 23rd-best athlete in the country by 247sports composite, proving to possess unique versatility. He played safety, cornerback, running back and wide receiver for Stafford Senior High School and was a teammate of former Maryland receiver Torrey Smith. McDougle was named honorable mention All-Met by the Washington Post.

More on McDougle

Spending five years with the Terrapins, McDougle redshirted for a season and played in 11 games his second year to get accustomed to the college game and set up a couple solid seasons. As a redshirt sophomore, McDougle started all 12 games, tying for a team-high three interceptions. The following season, he started every contest again, leading all Terrapin defensive backs with 71 tackles.

Primed for his senior campaign, McDougle started the first three games of the 2013 season before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury against Connecticut in mid-September. The veteran was playing some of his best football according to head coach Randy Edsall, tallying three picks and a touchdown in the first few games to help the Terps build a 3-0 start.

As a quick corner with good tackling abilities, it will be refreshing for Terps fans to see McDougle get back on the gridiron at the next level.

Pro Day results

40-yard dash: 4.43-4.48 seconds

Broad jump: 122 inches

Vertical leap: 37 inches