Seventh-round draft pick Dexter McDonald signed his rookie contract, the Raiders announced on Tuesday.
McDonald inked a four-year contract with pay commiserate with his draft slot per the rookie wage scale.
The cornerback from Kansas was the team’s third draft pick of that round, taken with the No. 242 overall selection.
McDonald gave the Raiders great value at that spot, and was the lone cornerback added in the NFL draft. McDonald is a physical cover man who fits the new defensive scheme being installed by coordinator Ken Norton Jr. The Raiders have gone young at that position, with DJ Hayden and TJ Carrie has expected starters. Keith McGill, Chimdi Chekwa and James Dockery are the primary reserves.
McDonald believes he can make an early impact and is far better than his draft slot illustrates.
“I believe I am underrated,” McDonald said after being drafted earlier this month. “The fact that I went in the seventh round suggests that. My last two years at Kansas, I got 30 PBUs (passes broken up) four interceptions, two taken back [for touchdowns]. I think everything I have to offer, my size, my physicality, my speed, I feel like I’m underrated. That’s definitely a chip that I feel like I’ll carry on my shoulder throughout my NFL career.”
McDonald is the eighth member of this draft class to sign his rookie deal. Tight end Clive Walford and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. have yet to sign their contracts.