Photo of Dexter McDonald
Drafted By: Raiders
Grade
5.12 ?

Draft Analysis:

Here is another size/speed athlete the Raiders habitually target in the later rounds. He'll be competing against a young secondary group for a roster spot. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 200LBS. Weight

Overview

Started all 24 games in each of past two seasons. Signed with Kansas out of high school, but became disenchanted with lack of playing time as a freshman and let his grades slip. Left school in 2012 and enrolled at Butler Community College, where he improved his grades and relationship with the new staff at Kansas. Signed with Kansas again in 2013 after one season at Butler. Lost 15 pounds from 220 to 205 after freshman year.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.42 seconds
Vertical jump: 40 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 11 feet, 2 inches
3-cone: 6.93 seconds
Short shuttle: 4.56 seconds
Bench: 10 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding size and length for the position. Has athleticism to open hips and run from press coverage with stride and recovery speed to make up ground quickly. Play strength off of snap a plus. Can be very disruptive with his jam. Does most of his work from press, but sifts through and digests combo routes with awareness. Aggressive hands to disrupt the catch. Had 15 passes defensed this season. Shows desired foot quickness and transition potential for a big corner.

Weaknesses

Built to be a press-and-bail cornerback, but high center of gravity prevents him from being able to stop quickly and adjust to curls and hitches underneath. Anticipates outside release and finds himself behind when receiver fakes him out and makes move back inside. Must improve feel for receiver during route. Will allow too much space rather than crowding. Has had pass interference problems over last two seasons. Slow to track downfield throws. Improved tenacity against run and run blocking needed.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Trait-based cornerback with late-round potential. He's big and can run. He also shows an ability to operate in space, but isn't as physical against the run as some teams would like from a corner his size. His outstanding length and ability to recover give him a shot, but he must learn to trust his traits and sharpen his technique to unlock his potential.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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.

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