MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Rasul Douglas’ hard work has paid off. The West Virginia University cornerback heard his name called in the 2017 NFL Draft held tonight in Philadelphia, the senior going 99th overall in the third round to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Douglas is a long corner,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “He is exactly what (Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Schwartz likes.”
The East Orange, New Jersey, resident earned second team Associated Press All-America honors in 2016 after picking off eight passes, which tied Florida State’s Tarvarus McFadden for the most in the nation.
Douglas came to West Virginia in 2015 after earning All-America honors at Nassau Community College. Douglas’ college productivity, size (6-feet-2 inches, 209 pounds) and ball skills make him an intriguing prospect.
According to the website NFLDraftScout.com, Douglas is rated just the 19th best corner in the draft, demonstrating the overall depth and strength of that position this year.
Douglas was the 17th of 18 corners selected so far in this year’s draft.
“I can play in any system,” Douglas said earlier this month. “I’ve played zone before. When I came here all we did was play man and zero (coverage). I know I can play any scheme, it’s just a matter of if a team wants me or not.”
Douglas is the third defensive player chosen by the Eagles so far and the second corner; Washington’s Sidney Jones was picked 43rd overall in the second round. However, Jones suffered a torn Achillles on March 15th and is not expected to be available until at least October.
Douglas will be joining WVU teammate Wendell Smallwood, taken in the fifth round of last year’s draft, in Philadelphia.
Douglas becomes the 18th player and the third corner Dana Holgorsen has sent to the NFL since 2012.
The draft resumes tomorrow at noon with rounds four through seven.
West Virginia’s NFL Draft Picks Under Dana Holgorsen
3, 99, Rasul Douglas, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
1, 14, Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders
3, 77, Daryl Worley, CB, Carolina Panthers
4, 113, Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, Chicago Bears
5, 153, Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
5, 159, KJ Dillon, S, Houston Texans
1, 7, Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
4, 134, Mark Glowinski, G, Seattle Seahawks
5, 158, Shaquille Riddick, DE, Arizona Cardinals
7, 238, Mario Alford, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
3, 69, Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3, 86, Will Clarke, DE, Cincinnati Bengals
1, 8, Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
2, 39, Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets
3, 92, Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams
1, 15, Bruce Irvin, DE, Seattle Seahawks
5, 140, Najee Goode, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6, 174, Keith Tandy, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers