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Scouting Report: Ras-I Dowling

December 19, 2009

Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

Strengths: Insane height for a Cornerback, won’t be beaten on the jump ball … As fast as most wide receivers … Very athletic … Uses great angles in run support … Plays well in zone coverage … Seems to have pretty good vision … A freaking interception machine … Has very fluid hips … Closes in on Wide Receiver well.

Weaknesses: Lacks proper tackling mechanics … Doesn’t always pop off the line of scrimmage … Get’s a little too high in his backpedal … Sometimes he loses his concentration.

Overview: Ras-I Dowling is making a strong case to be the first cornerback taken off the board in the 2010 NFL Draft. His freakish size is that of a Safety, and his speed is that of a Cornerback. It will be tough to find a better physical specimen in the draft this year at Cornerback. He is a great ballhawk and while he is not always totally reliable as a tackler, the top 10 is not out of reach for Dowling.

1st rounder

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