Dexter McDonald NFL Draft 2015: Scouting Report, Grade for Raiders’ Rookie


Dexter McDonald reinvented himself at Kansas—with a stint at Butler Community College in the middle—and has turned into one of the top athletes at cornerback in this class. McDonald fills out the triangle (height, weight, speed) and can play at the line of scrimmage with his length. He'll be aggressive at the snap and can pin receivers to the line. McDonald has good experience in press coverage and would make an easy transition there in either the slot or at outside cornerback. He's an aggressive, physical player who will stick his nose in and make plays.



A lack of play strength is an issue for McDonald, and surprising given his size. He's an athlete and not a technician at cornerback, and he will struggle to sink in his backpedal or move with fluid kicks. He doesn't show consistency in planting his feet to drive on the ball when in off or zone coverage and has to learn to play with better leverage and not a lazy, straight back. He's been flagged often at Kansas and must learn to cover without his hands.



Tackles: 35
Passes Defended: 13
Interceptions: 2


FINAL GRADE: 5.15/9.00 (Quality Backup)

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