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UVA CB Dowling boosts stock at late Pro Day

Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:10 am
Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling entered his senior campaign as a virtual lock to make the first.

Unfortunately, the 2010 season was unkind to Dowling as he was limited to only two starts due to various leg injuries, including a sprained knee, strained hamstring and a fractured ankle. Previous to his senior year, Dowling had played in 35 of a possible 37 games for the Cavaliers.

The injuries kept him out of the Senior Bowl and sidelined for the much of the Combine. Dowling pulled his hamstring on his first 40-yard dash attempt in Indianapolis and was unable to perform at Virginia's original Pro Day, March 17.

The 6-1 (3/8"), 198 pound corner did work out on Monday, however, posting times ranging from 4.37-4.42, according to an NFL scout on the scene. Dowling also registered a 38" vertical jump and a 10'8" broad jump.

Most important to Dowling's stock was demonstrating that he had the fluidity in his hips during positional drills. The scout characterized Dowling's ability to turn and run as "good enough for his size" and felt that Dowling could remain at cornerback "for a press team."

Dowling did well in ball drills too, showing the ability to track the ball over his shoulder. He did drop one ball, according to the scout.

The scout estimated that 15 teams were represented at Monday's workout. currently rates Dowling as a 2nd-3rd round pick and the No. 9 cornerback available in the draft.
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