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Few defensive players entered the 2010 season with a greater track record than Virginia's Ras-I Dowling. The angular Dowling was a standout immediately leading Virginia in passes broken up and interceptions in each of his first two seasons. He was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2009, overshadowing Chris Cook, the 34th overall selection of the 2010 draft (Minnesota).
Dowling's senior season was essentially a bust. Battling a variety of leg injuries, including a season-ending ankle fracture, Dowling only contributed 12 tackles after his previous season statistical average: 47 tackles, three interceptions, nine passes defensed over his first three seasons.
Dowling has plenty of positive game film on his resume and won't fall too far on draft day. His final status hinges on his ability to run. The lanky defender must answer scouts' questions about his health and pure speed. A 40 time faster than his expected 4.55 seconds in pre-draft workouts could keep Dowling among the top 64 picks.
Read & React: Experienced corner who has seen all the tricks. Rarely out of position, even against double-moves, due to his instincts and vision. Keeps an eye on the quarterback and breaks on the ball quickly. Height and long arms make it very difficult to beat him over the top.
Man Coverage: Has the long arms and good upper-body strength for an effective jam at the line of scrimmage. Is often able to disrupt route timing. Good balance and opens up his hips smoothly. Can lose a step in transition but has surprisingly good acceleration and at least fair straight-line speed. Rides the receiver downfield, keeping good contact throughout the route. Faster on the field than he'll be on the stopwatch.
Zone Coverage: Savvy zone coverage defender. High in his backpedal, but is surprisingly fluid. Keeps his eyes on the quarterback, but has a good sense of where his receiver is. Will bait the passer into making the throw. Reacts quickly because of his vision and acceleration.
Closing/Recovery: Lacks elite recovery speed, making him susceptible to double-moves by NFL route-runners. Shows good instincts, however, and his rare height and arm length make throwing over the top of him dangerous. Locates the football quickly and is an explosive leaper with good timing and good ball skills.
Run Support: Reads run quickly and fights through receiver blocks efficiently through lateral agility and good upper-body strength. Willing to take on bigger ballcarriers with no hesitation. Uses the sideline to help defend the run. Understands his role in keeping contain and pushes the action back inside when he can't make the play. Willing to take on blocks to free up teammates for the easy stop.
Tackling: Good balance and lateral agility to handle tackling smaller, quicker players in the open field. Breaks down well and makes strong, secure tackles. Likes to intimidate his opponent with big hits. Will hit-lift-drive the ballcarrier into the ground when he can, resulting in impressive stops. Good pursuit and takes good angles to the ball, masking a lack of elite straight-line speed.
Intangibles: Played a postgrad season for coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy following his senior year at Deep Creek High School. Had appeared in 35 of a possible 37 games for the Cavaliers prior to his senior season. Only started twice in five games played in 2010 due to injuries. Fractured his left ankle Nov. 13 against Maryland. Well respected teammate. Hard worker. Team captain in 2010. Nominee for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Battled injuries most of the season and appeared in only five games ... appeared in 162 total plays, including seven on special teams ... made first start of the season at Georgia Tech ... also started against Maryland before leaving game with high ankle sprain ... had season-high eight tackles against Florida State ... tallied five tackles at Georgia Tech.
All-ACC second-team selection ... all-ACC second-team selection by Phil Steele’s Postseason Publication ... presented the team’s Speed Elliot Award as the most improved player ... ACC Defensive Back of the Week after he had a career-high nine tackles, including his first career sack against Indiana ... ranked No. 6 in ACC in passes defended with 11 ... ranked No. 11 in ACC in interceptions with three ... helped anchor the ACC’s No. 4 and the nation’s No. 21 pass defense ... helped hold 9-of-12 opponents under their season passing yardage average ... registered two of his interceptions to stop potential opponent scoring drives – one against Boston College in the end zone and one at then No. 16 Miami on the UVa 32-yard line ... his 49-yard interception return at Miami was a career best ... had a career-high 10 tackles against Virginia Tech ... his 34-yard punt return vs. TCU (off a lateral) was longest by UVa player during the season ... earned his third letter ... selected by the UVa coaches as the defensive player of the game against Miami, Indiana and North Carolina.
Second-Team All-ACC ... Second-Team All-ACC by Phil Steele ... Second-Team Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com. Played in 11 games, starting the final nine games of the season ... led the team with three interceptions and by breaking up 11 passes ... had a total of 43 tackles ... had a huge game at Duke with career highs for tackles (eight) and interceptions (two) ... also picked off a pass against Maryland, the fifth interception of his career ... his interception total was the most by a Cavalier since Marcus Hamilton had in 2006 ... ranked third in the ACC in passes defended (PBUs + INTs) with 14.
Did not play in opener at Wyoming, but played in the last 12 games ... named to The Sporting News ACC All-Freshman team ... completed the regular season with 44 tackles ... averaging 3.7 tackles per game, eighth among all ACC freshmen and fourth among true freshmen ... led the team with nine pass break-ups ... shared the team lead with two interceptions and became the first true freshman to lead the team since Jerton Evans in 1999 ... tied school record with five pass break-ups at NC State ... had seven tackles and his first career interception vs. Wolfpack ... also had seven tackles in Gator Bowl vs. Texas Tech ... started for the first time against Wake Forest and intercepted a pass for the second game in a row ... made four tackles, all in kick coverage, in his debut against Duke ... one of five true freshmen to play this season ... 16 tackles in kickoff coverage led the team by a wide margin ... second on squad with five tackles on the punt team ... named the coaches’ special teams player of the week for performance against Pittsburgh ... helped defense allow just nine rushing touchdowns, the second lowest total in ACC and fifth in the nation ... key member of a defense that ranked 16th nationally at 19.7 points allowed per game ... UVa defense was 13th in rushing, allowing just 106.9 ypg. and 23rd in total defense allowing 332.5 yards per game.
Versatile athlete who played defensive back, wide receiver and some quarterback during his career ... played a postgrad season for coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy following his senior year at Deep Creek HS, where he was coached by David Cox … made 60 tackles and intercepted two passes to earn first-team all-city and second-team all-district honors as a senior ... also caught 14 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns ... also played basketball and was a two-time second-team all-district selection ... sprinter on the track team.
Full name is Ras-I Luis Dowling … born 5-9-88 in Charleston, S.C. … son of Juliette and Larry Dowling … has an older sister, Tiki, and two older brothers, Larry, Jr., and Omar.
Draft Scout Player News
10/23/13 - --CB Ras-I Dowling was signed to the Jets' practice squad on Wednesday. Dowling was a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2011 but played in just eight games in his first two seasons before he was cut during training camp. The signing of Dowling likely provides the Jets some insurance in case Dee Milliner is unavailable or limited when the Jets visit the Bengals on Sunday. Milliner limped off the field during the fourth quarter of the Jets' 30-27 victory and head coach Rex Ryan said on Monday that Milliner "had some different injuries" but nothing specific.
08/28/13 - CB Ras-I Dowling was waived by the Patriots Wednesday.
08/24/13 - CB Ras-I Dowling left practice Aug. 1 with an unknown injury and has had limited practice reps since. He was inactive for all three preseason games.
08/19/13 - CB Ras-I Dowling left practice Aug. 1 with an unknown injury and has not practiced since. He was inactive for both preseason games.
10/26/12 - CB Ras-I Dowling was placed on injured reserve by the New England Patriots with a thigh injury.
The No. 33 overall pick in 2011, Dowling has played in just eight games due to injuries. He was placed on injured reserve after just two games in his rookie season with a hip injury.
Dowling, 24, has two career starts and 10 total tackles. He has seven tackles in six games this season.
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