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Profiles of Patriots' Day 2 draftees

April 30, 2011

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CB Ras-I Dowling

Drafted: Second round, 33d overall
Height: 6-2 Weight: 200 40 speed: 4.46

Intelligence/character/intangibles: Starter beginning in 2008 . . . Considered a hard worker . . . Graduated with a sociology degree in just 3 1/2 years . . . After high school, played a postgraduate season at a military academy . . . Born May 9, 1989.

Size/strength/durability: Entered senior season with many preseason accolades, but was limited to five games because of leg injuries and a broken ankle . . . Ran a strong 40 at the combine despite not being fully healed . . . Very durable in his first three seasons.

Stopping the run: Has the strength to easily shed blocking receivers and burst into the play . . . Doesn’t need much help taking down running backs . . . Excellent sideline-to-sideline speed . . . Had 7 1/2 tackles for losses during his sophomore and junior seasons.

Stopping the pass: Very instinctive and usually makes the right read . . . Arms measure 31 inches, long for a cornerback . . . Prior to leg woes was one of the ACC’s premier DBs, intercepting three passes in both 2008 and 2009 . . . If healthy, a potential starter.

Sources: National Football League, Globe research, and draft analysis from various websites.

RB Shane Vereen

Drafted: Second round, 56th overall

Height: 5-10 Weight: 210 40 speed: 4.50

Intelligence/character/intangibles: Left school after his junior season, though he already received his bachelor’s degree in media studies . . . A willing backup for two seasons behind Jahvid Best . . . Also performed for Cal’s track and field team . . . Born March 2, 1989.

Size/strength/durability: Didn’t miss a game at Cal, starting 19 of 38 contests . . . His 31 reps in the bench press was best among all true RBs at combine; however, not considered a strong blocker . . . Compact build makes him tough to bring down on first contact.

Running the ball: North-south runner who uses good vision to cut back when needed . . . Among the nation’s leaders in 2010 with 1,167 yards and 13 TDs . . . Averaged 5.1 yards per carry while at Cal . . . Fumbled four times last season, losing one.

Catching the ball: Consistent receiver (27, 25, and 22 catches) who ranks fifth all time at Cal in all-purpose yards (4,069) . . . Ability to sneak out for dump passes makes him a third-down candidate . . . Used to running variety of routes from Cal’s multi-set scheme.

Sources: National Football League, Globe research, and draft analysis from various websites.

QB Ryan Mallett

Drafted: Third round, 74th overall

Height: 6-7 Weight: 253 40 speed: 5.37

Intelligence/character/intangibles: Handled Arkansas’s complex, pro-style offense without many problems . . . Questions about his work ethic and inconsistency caused his draft slide . . . Transferred from Michigan after one season . . . Born June 5, 1988.

Size/strength/durability: He’s big for any prospect, not just quarterbacks . . . Has one of the strongest arms in the draft . . . Started all 26 games while at Arkansas . . . Set or tied 43 school or stadium passing records.

Passing the ball: Playing in the SEC against top-flight cornerbacks, threw for 62 TDs the last two seasons while tossing just 19 interceptions . . . Led the nation last season with 44 completions of 25-plus yards . . . Can turn speedy receivers into stars.

Field recognition: Susceptible to sacks because of his size and lack of foot speed . . . Blitzers should beware because he can make the quick throws . . . No third-down situation is too long for him.

Sources: National Football League, Globe research, and draft analysis from various websites.

RB Stevan Ridley

Drafted: Third round, 73d overall

Height: 6-0 Weight: 223 40 speed: 4.66

Intelligence/character/intangibles: Left LSU after his junior season . . . Offensive team captain in 2010 . . . Was ruled ineligible for the Cotton Bowl because of “academic dishonesty,’’ but was then cleared and ran for 105 yards . . . Born Jan. 27, 1989.

Size/strength/durability: Sturdy and durable, though he didn’t become the starter until last year . . . Vertical jump at the combine (36 inches) was 2 inches better than Shane Vereen’s . . . Considered a high-energy player.

Running the ball: Straight-ahead pounder averaged 4.6 yards per attempt in 2010 . . . Agile enough to make a slick move in the second level . . . Had a least one TD run in 10 of 13 games last season . . . His 249 carries last season were fifth-most in LSU history.

Catching the ball: Only 17 receptions at LSU, including 11 as a junior (for 61 yards) . . . Hands aren’t great, and he lacks the speed to be considered a downfield threat . . . Reliable blocker in pass protection.

Sources: National Football League, Globe research, and draft analysis from various websites.

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