Photo of Rasul Douglas
Grade
5.81 ?
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 209LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

It's been an interesting journey for Douglas from an unknown at junior college to first-team All-Big 12 selection and NFL prospect. Lightly recruited out of East Orange, New Jersey, Douglas struggled through a redshirt year at Nassau Community College in New York. He took on a playmaking role in 2013, intercepting three passes and breaking up three others. Douglas' game took off the following year; he garnered first-team junior college All-American status with 7.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Offers came from Florida State and Louisville, but he decided to stay nearer to home in Morgantown. He played in 11 games in 2015 (eight tackles, one INT) before once again stepping up to tie for the national lead with eight interceptions (along with 70 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and eight pass breakups) in 2016.

Analysis

Strengths

Tall, sporting an angular frame with good overall length. Very aware from zone coverage. Will roll out of his coverage area and overlap in order to make a play. Reads quarterbacks drops and will break early to race ahead of slants and make a play on the throw. Finisher when the ball is there to be had and flashed ball skills of a pro. Plays with strong hands. Able to go up high and win the 50-50 balls and needs very little time to have hands interception-ready. Good recognition of route combinations and will shift from pattern to pattern. Not a physical tackler but gets guys down. Length allows him to catch stray running backs breaking contain.

Weaknesses

Tall corner who plays upright in his pedal, which affects his balance and transition quickness. Very average in his pattern matching and has below average closing burst to the ball. Won't be able to match quick-footed receivers from press coverage. Athletic and coverage limitations could limit his scheme fits. Doesn't have the downfield juice to stick with burners on go routes. Makeup speed is below average. Inconsistent hitter who may lack necessary aggressiveness as tackler to project to safety. Defaults to arm tackles.

NFL Comparison

Daryl Worley

Bottom Line

Douglas has rare size for the position and his 2016 interception total will add to the level of intrigue for NFL teams. There is no doubting Douglas' ability to make plays on the ball when he's in position, but his lack of long speed and closing burst could make his big senior season an anomaly. Douglas is a zone corner with press and trail ability but needs to run a reasonable time at the combine to solidify his draft slotting.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.