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Photo of Ras-I Dowling
Ras-I Dowling (DB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    198 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Virginia
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 1 (33)

Pick Analysis: The Patriots continue to add athleticism to their secondary with the selection of Dowling. He was viewed as one of the top cornerbacks in the country prior to last season, before injuries derailed his final season. However, he has been impressive in workouts leading to the draft and has the combination of size, speed and skill to be an outstanding cover man in Bill Belichick's aggressive scheme.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.46 sec
  • Bench Press19.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump- -
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Dowling entered the 2010 season as one of the nation's top cornerbacks, but after playing in only five games due to injury, his draft stock may have taken a hit. He is a monster of a cornerback who seeks out contact in run support and is a sound tackler. He really excels in zone coverage with terrific instincts and has the ball skills to make plays on underneath routes. He does not have the recovery speed to play in a man-heavy scheme at the next level, but he should be a good fit in a Tampa 2 system. A potential first-round pick before the season, Dowling still likely will be a second-round pick.


Strengths

Dowling has safety size and adequate speed. Very confident kid that reads quickly and shows the ability to jump routes in zone coverage. Presses effectively at the line and displays very good footwork. Big hitter that likes to mix it up in run support and consistently wraps the ball carrier.

Weaknesses

Lacks elite recovery speed and will struggle against real burners in the NFL. A bit stiff in the hips and does not show the ability to stick with receivers in and out of their breaks. Rarely looks back at the ball in man coverage which limits his more than adequate balls skills. Missed most of his senior season with an ankle injury.

Grade

6.6

 

Video Playlist

  1. Patriots take Ras-l Dowling No. 33

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 06:25 p.m.

    Hall of Fame LB Andre Tippett announces Virginia DB Ras-I Dowling as the Patriots' selection with the 33rd overall pick.

  2. 2011 combine workout: Ras-I Dowling

    Published: March 10, 2011 at 01:13 p.m.

    Watch Virginia DB Ras-I Dowling work out at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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