Dexter McDougle Should Be Given Chance to Start For New York Jets

By Stephen Conway
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

I doubt that it will happen, but rookie cornerback Dexter McDougle definitely deserves to be given a shot to start opposite side Dee Milliner.

McDougle, a third-round pick out of the University of Maryland, came as a surprise too many. The terrapin corner only played in three games in his final year of collegiate ball, but did enough to impress the New York Jets‘ coaching staff to take a huge gamble and draft him in the third round. And McDougle has done just that.

In OTAs and during the first day of mini camp, McDougle showed why the coaches are so high on him. He is aggressive on the line, plays very physical with receivers, but is also very instinctive and can find the ball with ease.

Milliner had his ups and downs during his rookie year, being benched as a starter and then winning Defensive Rookie of the Month, all in one season. New York hopes Milliner can make great strides this offseason and prove himself as a legitimate No. 1 corner.

In reality, New York does not have a proven corner on their roster between Milliner and McDougle, two young players who have a ton of promise, 30-year-old Dimitri Patterson, who never played a big role in the Miami Dolphins‘ defense, and Kyle Wilson, who has been nothing but a disappointment thus far in his three years in the league.

That’s why McDougle should be given a fair shot to start opposite Milliner. Right now, the edge is being giving to Patterson, but I think if McDougle continues to impress the coaches and perform well, New York will be starting two young studs at the corner positions.

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