STRENGTHS - McDougald has excellent height and bulk for the position. On interceptions, he demonstrates solid open field running instincts.
WEAKNESSES - McDougald is a slow-twitch athlete that lacks the range to make plays against the run or pass outside the hashes. He does not show the burst needed to break and close effectively on plays in front, and struggles to change directions to stay with moving targets. When trying to tackle he often gets flat footed and struggles to adjust to quick cuts, or fails to break down effectively while attacking and overruns his target completely.
SUMMARY - Bradley McDougald looks the part "on the hoof," but his athletic limitations will likely keep him from being able to sustain an NFL career with one team. He is a former WR and flashes the instincts to be a threat in the return game, but his lacks of speed, physicality and agility makes him a liability in coverage and ineffective in space. He also consistently missed tackles in games I viewed because of his flat-footed stance and inability to change directions. In order to have any chance at making an NFL roster he will need to immediately prove his worth on special teams, as he is at best a rotational box safety.