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Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle drafted by Jets in third round

Former Maryland cornerback cornerback Dexter McDougle was drafted by the New York Jets in the third round.

McDougle missed the final nine games of his senior year with a fractured shoulder blade suffered last September.

McDougle returned in time for the Terps' Pro Day workout in College Park, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 and 4.48 seconds. He also registered a 37-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot-2 broad jump, a 4.18-second 20-yard shuttle and a 6.84-second three-cone drill.

He visited the Jets, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions before the draft, according to an NFL source.

Against Connecticut last September, McDougle intercepted a career-high two passes. He returned one 49 yards for a touchdown before suffering the season-ending shoulder injury.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound McDougle had 71 tackles as a junior and three interceptions as a sophomore.

The Stafford, Va., native is former Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic selection who won the inaugural Dexter McDougle Ultimate Team Player Award at the Terps' team banquet for his leadership after getting hurt.

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