McDougald in the 2018 NFL season.
|No. 30 – Seattle Seahawks|
|Born:||November 15, 1990|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Dublin Scioto (Dublin, Ohio)|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018|
Bradley McDougald (born November 15, 1990) is an American football safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kansas and was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as undrafted free agent in 2013. He has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
McDougald originally committed to Ohio State University out of Dublin Scioto High School as a wide receiver, but changed his commitment to the University of Kansas. Following his sophomore year, McDougald switched permanently to safety.
McDougald attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed all of the combine and positional drills. His overall combine performance was underwhelming and described as rough. On March 15, 2013, McDougald participated at Illinois' pro day and attempted to improve his 40-yard dash (4.51s), 20-yard dash (2.62s), 10-yard dash (1.63s), vertical jump (33"), and short shuttle (4.33s). At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, McDougald was projected to be a seventh round pick or priority undrafted free agent. He was ranked as the 12th best free safety in the draft by DraftScout.com.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 1⁄4 in
|32 1⁄2 in
|9 1⁄8 in
|4.74 s||1.72 s||2.81 s||4.44 s||7.07 s||34.5 in
|10 ft 2 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Kansas City Chiefs
2013: Rookie year
Throughout training camp, McDougald competed for a roster spot as a backup safety against Quintin Demps, Husain Abdullah, Otha Foster, Tysyn Hartman, Greg Castillo, and Malcolm Bronson. McDougald had an impressive performance throughout the preseason and made 13 combined tackles (11 solo) and a pass deflection. On September 1, 2013, McDougald was released by the Kansas City Chiefs, but was re-signed two days later. Head coach Andy Reid named McDougald the fifth safety on the Chiefs' depth chart, behind Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah, and Quintin Demps.
On September 16, 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs waived McDougald and re-signed him to the practice squad two days later. On October 12, 2013, he was promoted to the Chiefs' active roster. The following day, McDougald made his professional regular season debut in the Chiefs' Week 3 victory against the Oakland Raiders. On November 5, 2013, McDougald was waived by the Chiefs. McDougald was inactive as a healthy scratch for five games and only appeared in one game during his stint with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On November 7, 2013, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed McDougald off of waivers. The Buccaneers claimed him after starting free safety Dashon Goldson sustained a knee injury and was inactive for two games (Weeks 8–9). Head coach Greg Schiano named McDougald the backup free safety behind Kelcie McCray upon joining the Buccaneers. McDougald appeared in three games with the Buccaneers and appeared primarily on special teams. He was inactive as a healthy scratch for five of the seven regular season games. On December 30, 2013, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik after they finished with a 4–12 record in 2013.
During training camp, McDougald competed for a roster spot as a backup safety against Kelcie McCray and Keith Tandy. Head coach Lovie Smith named McDougald the backup strong safety to start the regular season, behind Mark Barron.
On September 18, 2014, McDougald made one solo tackle during a 56–14 loss at the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3. McDougald made his first career regular season tackle on running back Devonta Freeman after a three-yard gain in the fourth quarter. On October 28, 2014, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded starting strong safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams for a fourth and a sixth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. McDougald remained the backup strong safety behind Major Wright after the Buccaneers traded Mark Barron. On November 30, 2014, McDougald earned his first career start after Major Wright injured his ribs and was inactive. He made four solo tackles during the Buccaneers' 14–13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. In Week 15, he collected a season-high 15 combined tackles (11 solo) during a 19–17 loss at the Carolina Panthers. On December 28, 2014, McDougald recorded four combined tackles, a season-high three pass deflections, and made his first career interception in a 23–20 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 17. McDougald intercepted a pass by Saints' quarterback Drew Brees. He finished the 2014 season with 50 combined tackles (40 solo), seven pass deflections, and an interception in 15 games and five starts.
During training camp, McDougald competed to be the starting free safety against Chris Conte. Head coach Lovie Smith named McDougald the starting free safety to begin the 2015 regular season, alongside strong safety Major Wright.
On October 11, 2015, McDougald recorded three combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made an interception during a 38–31 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. McDougald intercepted a pass by Jaguars' quarterback Blake Bortles, that was originally intended for tight end Marcedes Lewis, during the second quarter. In Week 16, he collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (ten solo) in the Buccaneers' 26–21 loss to the Chicago Bears. He finished the 2015 season with 87 combined tackles (67 solo), four pass deflections, and two interceptions in 16 games and 15 starts.
On January 6, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith after they finished with a 6-10 record in 2015. On March 9, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers assigned a second round tender to McDougald as a restricted free agent. On April 5, 2016, McDougald accepted his one-year, $2.55 million restricted free agent tender.
The Buccaneers promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach and hired former Atlanta Falcons' head coach Mike Smith as their defensive coordinator. McDougald entered training camp slated as the starting free safety. Head coach Dirk Koetter officially named McDougald the starting free safety to start the season, alongside strong safety Chris Conte.
In Week 4, he collected a season-high eight solo tackles during a 27–7 loss to the Denver Broncos. On October 23, 2016, McDougald recorded seven combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made an interception in the Buccaneers' 34–17 victory at the San Francisco 49ers. The following week, he tied his season-high of eight solo tackles and broke up a pass during a 30–24 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 8. He started in all 16 games in 2016 and made a career-high 91 combined tackles (79 solo), ten pass deflections, and two interceptions. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith installed a multiple coverage defense that required McDougald to play both strong safety and free safety. Pro Football Focus gave McDougald an overall grade of 79.0 in 2016.
Head coach Pete Carroll named McDougald the backup free safety, behind Earl Thomas, to start the regular season. In Week 9, McDougald started at free safety in place of Earl Thomas after Thomas sustained a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two games. He became the starting strong safety for the remainder of the season in Week 11 after Kam Chancellor sustained a neck injury and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. On December 3, 2017, McDougald collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (seven solo) and two pass deflections during a 24–10 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13. He finished the season with 75 combined tackles (51 solo) and four pass deflections in 16 games and nine starts. Pro Football Focus gave McDougald an overall grade of 77.3, which ranked 47th among all safeties in 2017.
On March 12, 2018, the Seattle Seahawks re-signed McDougald to a three-year, $13.95 million contract with $6.50 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4 million. In the Seahawks' 27–24 loss to the Denver Broncos in the season opener, he recorded his first career game with two interceptions. He received an overall grade of 74.7 from Pro a Football Focus, which ranked 22nd among all qualified safeties in 2018.
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