Dallas Cowboys Draft Profile: Rasul Douglas
Weight: 209 lbs
School: West Virginia
Where he excels:
The junior college transfer Rasul Douglas has the innate ability to get his hands on the ball. In just 18 career games for the West Virginia, Douglas created 11 turnovers. Nine of which came during his senior year in Morgantown. The eight picks gave Douglas top honors as he led all of NCAA in that category. His performance made him First Team All-Big 12 in 2016.
Outside of the ability to come down with the ball, which Douglas showed on many occasions was his ability in route recognition, he has plus awareness and watches the quarterback without losing his assignment. He reacts with conviction and either comes down with the ball or knocks it away on occasion.
Where he needs to improve:
Technique wise Douglas still has room to improve. While he shows the ability to get physical with blockers when attempting to shed them, Douglas fails to tackle with that same tenacity. His effort leaves a lot to be desired. Usually going with a diving attempt at runners trying to get away from Douglas. His focus will need to be on getting his arms around a ball carrier and wrapping up, not become a hurdle.
Douglas has shown the ability to play well in a zone coverage scheme but he will struggle in press man coverages in the NFL. He lacks the second burst to stay with speedy receivers who will try and go over the top on defenses. Quick receivers will also create separation from Douglas, who doesn’t have track down speed to make up for it.
Douglas is a good late day two or early day three prospect. Until he learns to become more consistent hitter on the backend will be limited in his role. Playing in obvious passing downs as a 3rd or 4th corner, his ball skills are a big plus but with only one full year of production in division one, but Douglas couled either end up as a question of huge potential or a one year wonder.