Jun 17, 2014; Florham Parl, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (43) during minicamp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets sign third round pick Dexter McDougle

The New York Jets have come to signed their third round pick, Dexter McDougle to his rookie contract.  The former Maryland Terrapin went a little earlier than some might have expected because of a shoulder injury that ended his season.  McDougle played well in the early goings of his senior year, but he missed a substantial portion of this year.  Nevertheless, McDougle flashed enough talent for the Jets to pick him in the third round and give Rex Ryan another corner to use in his defense.

McDougle showed great hips and the ability to help in man coverage, which is something Ryan loves in his secondary.  He can never have too many corners and wants to be able to put four good cover corners if he can help it, so he can use his extensive list of blitz packages to try to confuse opponents and create opportunities for turnovers.  McDougle is a little smaller than ideal and needs to fill out his frame a little bit, but if he can stay healthy, he could be a talented addition to that Jets secondary.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Nice to see him under contract, but the Jets stretched picking him in the third round! Not just because of the injury shortened senior year, but because of the many injury concerns. He had a scooter accident where he lost significant playing time due to a broken collar bone, as well as another shortened season when he broke two fingers making a tackle in practice! The kids college experience was a short one where he shined at times, but missed most of it due to injury concerns. This is the NFL, where receivers are bigger, faster, and harder hitting, durability and tackling technique should have kept him from being drafted to the 5th or 6th round, which is where he was projected to go pre draft. I don’t understand the stretch they took on him, especially since their need was for an outside corner, and scouts have this kid pegged for the slot/nickel position, where the Jets already have Wilson and Patterson. Rex played him with the two’s out of the slot during OTA’s, and reportedly he played well. If he can’t contribute on special teams, he may not even see the field this season.