Ras-i Dowling Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'2 - 200 lbs.|
2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Ras-i Dowling, FS, Virginia
In his junior campaign, Dowling tallied 58 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.0 sacks and three interceptions. His 2008 season earned him a few accolades -- like second-team All-ACC honors -- and his 2009 campaign earned him plenty more conference accolades. The 2010 campaign has not gone well for Dowling. He has struggled with a nagging knee injury and has missed most of the season.
Dowling's size is what makes him such an attractive cornerback. At 6-2 and 200 pounds, Dowling has more size than most corners, but he does not lack the coverage skills or the speed to keep up with most NFL receivers. His size could also mean Dowling could play some safety and that versatility, not to mention his great cover skills, make him a very attractive prospect. Dowling's lack of playing time during his senior season has hurt his stock, but Dowling could have been a borderline first round pick last year. He needs to prove that his knee injury is healed sooner or later, but NFL scouts can look at his junior season and know that they have a quality player who is worthy of a late first round selection.
1/15 Update: Dowling ended up missing the rest of his senior season after fracturing an ankle against Maryland in mid-November. Dowling is well on his way to being at full strength for the pre-draft workouts, but he will have a lot on the line. Widely regarded as a first round talent heading into his senior season, Dowling needs to prove that he is healthy and can stay that way. In the meantime, other corners are passing him by and Dowling's stock is slipping down to the second or third round.
3/22 Update: Dowling's injury issues followed him to the NFL combine. He ran fast and measured out as well as everybody expected, but he pulled up with a hamstring injury. That is the latest injury in what is a long line of injuries. There is little doubt that Dowling has the talent to be a great corner in the NFL, but he will do no good sitting on the sidelines and his stock continues to slide.