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Analysis of 2nd round pick, CB Ras-I Dowling

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  April 29, 2011 06:13 PM

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Analysis of the pick of Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling:

  • Unquestioned talent. He’s big (6-1 ½, 198 pounds) and fast at 4.40.

  • Known for being a good press and run cornerback with good ball skills.

  • Problems in regards to injury history. Played just five games in 2010 because of a left ankle fracture, hamstring pull and right knee injury. In ’08 he dealt with a hamstring and back injury. Started all 12 games in ’09. Pulled a hamstring at the combine but had a great pro day. Had a broken hand and a knee injury in high school.

  • Having Devin McCourty, a returning Leigh Bodden and Kyle Arrington allows the Patriots to take a risk that Dowling can get healthy and stay healthy;

  • Outstanding special teams skills, where he’ll likely make the biggest impact.

  • His play is not a concern. Dowling’s injury history is. If he’s healthy, he’s a first-round talent.

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