Friday, February 24, 2017

Rasul Douglas Turning Heads at Senior Bowl Activities

Rasul Douglas (13) celebrates a play during WVU's victory over BYU at Fed Ex Field on Saturday, September 24, 2016. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Rasul Douglas (13) celebrates a play during WVU’s victory over BYU at Fed Ex Field on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Rasul Douglas made a name for himself during his time at WVU. In his senior season, Douglas had eight interceptions, one touchdown, and 101 total yards in 13 games played. He tied for most interceptions in the nation along with Florida State’s Tavarus McFadden.

The senior cornerback was a unanimous All-Big 12 first-team pick and earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press, Football Writers’ Association of America, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Pro Football Focus, USA Today and CBSSports.com.

Douglas’ playing style did not only earn him these honors and WVU Defensive Player of the Year but it also earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl, to which he has turned heads and made a name for himself.

Practices have begun for the Senior Bowl and Douglas has put his name out there during his events, such as his 1v1’s with the top WR’s coming into this draft, Douglas has made plays to break up passes and grab interceptions in these 1v1’s. In his practices for the Senior Bowl, Douglas has turned the heads of many scouts in attendance, not only earning him high regards during the drills and being named as one of the top players of the Senior Bowl so far, but has earned him meetings with many NFL Teams such as the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions. Not only is his play style going noticed but his on the field support is also being noticed by many, including the other top defensive backs with many reporters saying that you can hear Douglas cheering on the other players in the practices.

“We’re all helping each other get better at the same time,” Douglas said in an interview with SB Nation.

Seniors Rasul Douglas (left) and Nana Kyeremeh hug after the game.  (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Seniors Rasul Douglas (left) and Nana Kyeremeh hug after the Russell Athletic Bowl on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. (Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose).
(Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS)

Douglas is one of the top defensive gems in this NFL Draft, measuring in 6’2″ and 204 pounds, he is sure to be a stand out player. Douglas could possibly end up going in the late first round or early second round, Douglas could be the first defensive player from WVU to go in the first round since Karl Joseph last season, and continue WVU’s streak of having a player go in the top three rounds.

Douglas will play in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl this Saturday, January 27, 2017.

 

Cover Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS

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