Ras-I Dowling Scouting Report
Ras-I Dowling
Ras-I Dowling - Virginia (HT: 6-1⅜ - WT: 198)
Combine 40: 4.46 - Position Rank: 7 of 45

Positives: Has excellent size and above average speed for the position... Very good production in first three years of career (145 tackles, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles)... Good leaping ability, uses to size well and meets the ball at highest point, will be able to win jump-ball battles against many receivers in the NFL... Has the ability to make the big hit, wraps up well and occasionally will lower the boom when taking the right angles... Very similar to former Virginia corner and 2010 second-round selection Chris Cook, similar athletic ability and frame... Not easily driven back by receivers when being blocked, can be very physical in run support along the outside... Is a very capable zone defender, better in zone than in man-to-man, has a quick burst when changing directions to make plays in zone... Has good ball skills, finds the ball in the air and appears to have very good hands... Is physical and tough, can be very effective in man coverage when he has safety help over top, can knock receivers off their routes at the line... Will fit in well in a physical secondary like Baltimore or Pittsburgh, has the physical tools to be a solid all-around corner in the NFL.

Negatives: Durability may be biggest concern, missed most of 2010 with several injuries, including a season-ending ankle injury... Could stand to add some bulk, appears to be pretty thin... A little slow to diagnose plays at times, needs to do a better job flowing with running plays... Shows some stiffness in his hips and sloppy footwork at times, has difficulty flipping hips when turning off the line in press coverage... Gets a little high in his backpedal, needs to do a better job of staying low... Does not have great recovery speed, but showed very good speed for his size at the combine, needs to show he can play that fast in pads, however.

  160 116 44 1 4 8 0 0
2007 Virginia   44 30 14 0 0 2 2 0 0
2008 Virginia   43 33 10 5 0 0 3 0 0
2009 Virginia   58 41 17 1 2 3 0 0
2010 Virginia   15 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

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