By DJ Harding –
The New England Patriots 6th round 210th pick Demario Douglas might be unknown to some people.
The Jacksonville, Florida native is a wide receiver out of Liberty University. Douglas became the 10th draft pick in program history and the only draft pick from Liberty this year. The Liberty Receiver would also be one of two players drafted from Conference-USA.
Douglas follows Malik Willis who went in the third round of last year’s draft to the Tennessee Titans. Willis would have Douglas as a Receiver in 2021 a year in which Douglas would have 52 receptions for 701 yards with 6 touchdowns.
In his Senior Season Demario Douglas would have a statline of 79 receptions 993 yards and 6 touchdowns. Douglas despite being seven yards below the one-thousand yard mark would double the next closest Liberty receiver in each category, he would also place top 40 in the country in receptions per game, receiving yards, and all purpose yards.
Douglas isn’t just a one dimensional receiver as he would hold the program record for punt returns with 54 that included two punt return touchdowns in his tenure at Liberty University.
Douglas even played a bit of cornerback in his high school days at Pedro Menendez High School his Freshman and Sophomore year. He would transfer to Mandarin High School for his Junior and Senior year. During those years at Mandarin HS we would letter in Track participating in the high and long jumps.
Douglas coming out of high school was listed as a zero star prospect on most recruiting sites, Despite this he would still get an offer from Liberty and at Liberty be invited to the East-West Shrine Bowl and The NFL Combine.
The 5’8 179 pound receiver wouldn’t disappoint at either event. Even though he wouldn’t play in the East-West Bowl game itself he would still turn the heads of scouts at practice.
At the NFL Combine I had a chance to speak with Douglas about our shared love of playing Madden and when I asked him about what overall he thinks he should be he said “89 Overall with 97 Speed.”
While the 89 Overall might be a bit gracious for Rookies in Madden he proved that he has the speed with a 4.44 40 Yard dash and a 1.54 yard 10 second split. Douglas would also show his high school track past with a 39.5 Vertical Jump and a 11’2 Broad Jump. Douglas would place 9th in the Vertical Jump and 2nd in the Broad Jump among all wide receivers at the NFLCombine.
Now with New England Douglas will have a chance in training camp to try and claim on the 53 roster spots.