West Virginia Defensive Back Rasul Douglas Taken With The 99th Pick By Philadelphia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas was the first Mountaineer selected in the 2017 NFL draft, taken by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 35th pick in the third round.

Douglas was selected as the 99th pick overall with a compensatory selection from the Baltimore Ravens. Douglas, who tied for the national lead in interceptions with eight last year, was the 17th cornerback off the board. He was the third player selected by the Eagles, and the second corner behind Washington's Sidney Jones. Douglas' 6-2, 209-pound frame is among the largest at the position, and it was that overall length and his potential upside which attracted teams.

The NFL.com bio noted that Douglas is "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."

Potential weaknesses were that he "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."

The comparison player the official website chose for Douglas? Former West Virginia corner Daryl Worley, who plays for the Carolina Panthers.

Douglas' Bio:

  • Played in 13 games and started 12
  • Earned All-American Second-Team honors from Associated Press, Football Writers’ Association of America, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Pro Football Focus, USA Today, CBSSports.com
  • Named All-American Third-Team by SB Nation
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (ESPN.com)
  • WVU Defensive Player of the Year
  • Unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honoree (Coaches, AP, ESPN.com)
  • WVU Defensive Champion (Texas)
  • Tied for the national lead in interceptions (8)
  • Ranked No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 19 nationally in passes defended per game (1.2)
  • Fourth-leading tackler for WVU with 70 tackles
  • Finished with eight tackles and a pass break up against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl
  • Registered an interception and a forced fumble while leading the team with nine tackles at Iowa State
  • Had an interception and one solo tackle vs. Oklahoma
  • Recorded nine tackles and an interception at Texas
  • Had a career-best two interceptions and added a TFL and four total tackles against Kansas
  • Finished with five solo tackles and a pass breakup at OSU
  • Returned an interception 37 yards and added four tackles against TCU
  • Registered three tackles, including first career sack at TTU
  • Had an interception, assisted on a TFL and recorded five tackles against Kansas State
  • Recorded his second career interception and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown and added six tackles vs. BYU
  • Led the team with a career-best 11 tackles, nine solo, and assisted on a TFL and added two pass breakups against Youngstown State.

BlueGoldNews.com \ Kevin Kinder

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