Kansas Jayhawks CB Dexter McDonald, Jr. will be visiting the Washington Redskins next week per his agent. McDonald(6'1", 205 lbs) has had several visits or workouts recently with teams like the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. He is expected to be a late round pick or possibly a priority UDFA signing. The Redskins could be putting the time in now, to try to sign him after the draft in May.
The Redskins could use some depth at the CB position. They signed Chris Culliver to a lucrative contract this year and he is locked in to one of the starting spots. Bashaud Breeland, a 4th round rookie last season, played better than expected when he was forced into he starting lineup due to DeAngelo Hall's Achilles injury in Week 3. Hall's recovery from two Achilles surgeries could make him miss a portion or all of the offseason, and the Redskins have already negotiated the guaranteed money out of his contract this year if he is not ready by Week 1. David Amerson, last season's other starter, was a disappointment and will see his role reduced this season. Tracy Porter spent the majority of last season on of the the IRs(injury report and injured reserve.) The team is still looking for a solid player for the slot corner position.
Kansas Pro Day Report:
Cornerback Dexter McDonald (6-0 3/4, 203) ran the 40 in 4.42 and 4.43 seconds. He had a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-2 broad jump. He had a three-cone time of 6.93 seconds and a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.56 seconds. He performed 10 strength lifts. McDonald -- who wasn't at the combine -- is a very talented athlete who just needs to be more aggressive.
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
NFL.com Draft Profile:
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 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 years. Slow to track downfield throws. Improved tenacity against run and run blocking needed.
BOTTOM LINE: Trait-based cornerback with late round potential. He's big and can run and shows an ability to operate in space, but isn't as physical against the run as some teams will 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.