Jets pick Dex McDougle in 3rd

May, 9, 2014
May 9
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The pick: Dex McDougle, CB, Maryland

My take: The Jets must have been antsy to address their cornerback need because McDougle is a reach in the third round. He was widely projected as a third-day pick, primarily because of his medical situation. He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last September, causing him to miss the final nine games. Obviously, the injury hurt his draft stock, as he was unable to participate in the scouting combine. He said he's healthy now. This is a risk-reward pick. When healthy, McDougle (5-10, 196 pounds) demonstrated NFL ability. He got off to a good start last season, with three interceptions in three games -- matching his interception total from his first three seasons. The raw ability is there (he ran the 40 in 4.43 seconds at his pro day). He attended every practice and game last season after his surgery, prompting the school to create an award in his honor -- the Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award.

The cornerback situation: It's still shaky. The projected starters are Dee Milliner and free-agent acquisition Dimitri Patterson, with Kyle Wilson in the slot. On paper, it's the Jets' worst cornerback situation since Rex Ryan became the coach in 2009. McDougle won't be rushed into a role, meaning he probably will compete for playing time in the sub packages. Most of the corners are on one-year contracts, so it could be the Milliner and McDougle show in 2015. At least give the Jets credit for addressing their weakest area -- the secondary, adding McDougle and first-round safety Calvin Pryor. The pieces are in place for a bright future on the back end of Ryan's defense -- assuming the pieces are the right pieces.

What's next: The Jets will have a busy third day. They have nine picks, including three in the fourth round. They have yet to address the wide receiver position. You also could see a quarterback and an outside linebacker.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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