Cornerback Dexter McDougle brings a great dimension to any defensive secondary with his speed, instinct and agility. They always say defense wins championships, and it’s true when you think about it looking at the past few Super Bowl champions. The New York Jets made a very intelligent move, drafting McDougle in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
With a pressing need to fill holes in its defensive backfield, the Jets needed to bring in a tough cornerback to help compliment CB Dee Milliner and new first-round draft pick S Calvin Pryor. The Jets wanted to inject youth and raw natural talent into their secondary, which is something they haven’t had the past few years.
With the departures of Ed Reed and Antonio Cromartie, the Jets knew it was time to start a youth movement and rightfully so. The NFL has turned into a passing league and if a team can’t stop some of the top quarterbacks playing today, the team will hang out in basement consistently.
McDougle excels in both man-to-man and zone coverage depending what assignment comes his way. He’s very smart and knows how to use his blazing speed to his advantage. With a knack for being a terrific tackler as well, he likes to hit hard and not think twice about being physical. Despite dealing with a few injuries in his past, he should be relatively injury-free going into his rookie season with the Jets. It’s expected he’ll be put on a program to ensure that his health is at 100 percent at all times.
Overall, the Jets selected a good team-oriented player who should be able to contribute immediately. McDougle will gel well with the rest of his new teammates and many can’t wait to see how the Jets’ defense will look this upcoming season with an injection of young stars who are ready to take the NFL by storm.