The Oakland Raiders continue their 2014 NFL Draft diligence by bringing in Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougal. General manager Reggie McKenzie has put emphasis on the position during free agency, luring former San Francisco 49ers defensive backs Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers to pair with 2013 first round pick DJ Hayden. The team still needs to add depth and youth in the draft.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is reporting, per a source, the Raiders will bring in McDougle for a visit today. He previously worked out for the Baltimore Ravens and has visits scheduled with the New York Jets, New York Giants and Detroit Lions.
McDougle was invited to the 2014 NFL Combine, but was unable to participate after fracturing his shoulder blade last season. He played in only three games in 2013, recording three interceptions and taking one back 49 yards for a touchdown before the injury ended his year. McDougal was able to work out during the Maryland Pro Day on April 8th, running the 40-yard dash in the 4.43 to 4.48 neighborhood, according to him, and taking part in jumping exercises.
The 5'10", 195 pound senior cornerback started all 24 games as a sophomore and junior. He recorded 71 tackles with five pass break-ups and three tackles for loss as a junior. McDougle recorded 44 tackles, three interceptions and six pass defenses as a sophomore. He also returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown. He is a two-time Academic All-ACC selection.
If McDougal can impress the Raiders, look for Oakland to consider him with one of their two seventh-round selections in the 2014 NFL Draft. There is a possibility they could make a trade at some point to acquire a fifth or sixth round pick, which they currently do not possess. Their fifth-round pick heads to the Seattle Seahawks to complete the 2013 trade for quarterback Matt Flynn. Their 2014 sixth-round pick went to the Houston Texans to acquire quarterback Matt Schaub this offseason. Oakland picked up the Arizona Cardinals' 2014 seventh-round pick in the Carson Palmer trade.
McDougle has some work to do after the tough shoulder blade fracture hurt his draft stock. He is beginning to be able to show the scouts his speed and agility, but has yet to hit since the injury.
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