Potential Maryland Draft Prospects

The Maryland football program hasn’t been known for sending big-name players to the NFL in recent years, but with the emergence of the recruiting in College Park, that may soon change.

While the Terps aren’t expected to have any big-names in this years draft, there are some intriguing prospects to keep an eye on. The defense is littered with potential steals in the draft, and here are a few to keep an eye on:

Marcus Whitfield. DE/OLB. 6’3″ 250 lb’s. Senior.

Marcus Whitfield is a late bloomer, but has gotten some considerable hype as of late. The Terps rely on him to set the edge and rush the passer, taking pressure off of the secondary. Whitfield has racked up 7.5 sacks this season to go along with his 34 total tackles. For a team that didn’t rush the passer well last season, Whitfield was a breathe of fresh air. There are still some concerns on his ability to stop the run, as he likely will convert into an outside linebacker at the next level. He will also have to work on his pass coverage ability, which he doesn’t have to do much of that at Maryland.

Expected Round: 4th-6th

Dexter McDougle. CB. 5’10” 195 lb’s. Senior.

Unfortunately for McDougle, he missed the cutoff for getting a medical redshirt to return next season after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against UConn. A strong coverage corner, McDougle started the season hot, collecting three interceptions in three games, two of which, were against UConn. In those three games, McDougle made 14 tackles, 13 of which were solo tackles, showing his ability to tackle in space. Even with the injury, expect some teams to take a waiver on him and select him late in the draft with his promise. McDougle could wind up being a hidden gem.

Expected Round: 5th-6th

Deon Long. WR. 6’0″ 190 lb’s. Junior.

While Long likely won’t leave after this season, due to suffering a broken tibia, he is still an interesting prospect to look out for. Long possesses strong hands and great speed, with the ability to go up in double coverage and haul in  pass. Long is a physical wide receiver with the ability to make every catch on the field. If he were to come out, a team may take a shot on a player like Long, due to his tangibles that simply cannot be taught. The full expectation is, though, that he will wait until next season to head to the NFL.

Expected Round if Long declared: 6th-UDFA.

Next season is where the Terps will have interesting prospects worth noting for higher picks, with Stefon Diggs being draft eligible. As of now, the Terps will have their full compliment of talent returning next season, with the hopeful additions of more talent via recruiting, as they head into the Big 10.