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Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:10 am
 

UVA CB Dowling boosts stock at late Pro Day

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.

NFLDraftScout.com currently rates Dowling as a 2nd-3rd round pick and the No. 9 cornerback available in the draft.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:38 am
 

Dowling Sits Out

In 2009, most scouts considered Ras-I Dowling a probable first round pick due to his 6-2 frame and receiver-like ball skills. While running a strong 4.4 40 in Indy today, however, he pulled up with a right hamstring injury. Dowling missed time with a right knee problem, broken left ankle, lingering hamstring injury in 2010.

Though he's still likely to be a top 75 pick, scouts know that even the most talented players can't make much of an impact if they are sitting on the sidelines.

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: October 2, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Examples of my Twitter posts so far

Besides answering questions from people during commercial breaks of today's Florida State-Virginia game (the one I'm watching now), I've also 'tweeted a few comments on FSU quarterback Christian Ponder.

Ponder has not challenged Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling, who I highlighted as a player I hoped to scout closely. He's flashed the unique skill set that has led me to rate him as a potential first round quarterback, showing mobility, short to medium range accuracy, and, most importantly the high football IQ to handle the transition to the pros. He's used audibles and correctly read the defense on most plays to check down to open receivers.

That said, he's also been fortunate that two of his early passes weren't intercepted. In both case, the defender simply dropped the ball. The first pass was Ponder's fault, as he underthrew a touch pass down the seam. The second, however, was an accurate pass that the FSU receiver simply slowed down while running the route and the defender did not.

Here are the tweets I've written so far. If you'd like to follow me on Twitter and see most of my comments or ask me questions, simply click here.

These posts are in chronological order.

  • FSU QB Christian Ponder fumbles off apparent option play on 1st play of scrimmage vs. UVA. FSU recovered. Ugly play to start game.
  • Completes first 2 passes though (including 3rd down), showing why I'm high on him. Steps up in pocket, drifts right, fires drag, out routes.
  • Ponder has thrown 2 balls that should have been intercepted. 1st was underthrown down the seam. 2nd, WR quit on route. Both dropped by DBs.
  • Best throw of the day so far for Ponder. Looks off S and shows good touch on post for a 15-yard TD. Led WR beautifully. FSU up 17-0 over UVA
Examples of reader/follower questions I've answered:

  • @mloyko54 Most overrated player so far = Ponder... My reply: I can name a few others more so, but I haven't been impressed so far today or against Okla
  • @MtySeahawk Wouldn't Mark Ingram be a great fit for Seahawks?... My reply: Absolutely. Ingram would be a great fit for any team needing a RB.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:50 pm
 

Five prospects I'll be focusing on Saturday

Each week, in preparation for Draft Slant and the handing out of my weekly awards for Prospect of the Week and Diamond in the Rough, I list five prospects on the blog that I'll be focusing on.

This week is no different -- though with such a huge slate of games -- I can go back to my customary role of focusing on just senior players, rather than dabbling with some underclassmen last week.

Because I'm spending the entire day scouting, I typically don't post more than once or twice on the blog on Saturdays. I do, however, invite you to scout "alongside" me by following me on Twitter.

Without any further adieu, here are this week's big five senior prospects:

CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia: Dowling entered the year as one of NFLDraftScout.com's top 32 seniors and I yet I elected not to include him in my recent mock draft . The reason is that Dowling has been hobbled by a nagging hamstring injury and was only able to see his first playing time of the season last week against Virginia Military Institute. Dowling was not his typically dominant self, getting beaten deep on a long pass, as well as getting flagged for pass interference. And that was against VMI. Don't put it past Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and his aggressive head coach Jimbo Fisher to test Dowling early. This game begins at noon EST and will be televised by ESPN.

RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma: Murray has earned NFLDraftScout.com's top grade among senior running backs, but if he is to legitimize his standing as a potential first round pick, this is the type of game where he'll need to show up big. This game may lack the sizzle of Red River Rivalries of the past, but even with Mack Brown's Longhorns struggle offensively, they typically play stout defense -- and this year's squad looks no different. Murray's ability to break outside for long gains, as well as his reliable hands out of the backfield, should make him the focus of the Texas defensive game plan, not stopping the Sooner passing game. This game begins at 3:30 pm EST and will be televised by ABC.

OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida: Florida linemate Mike Pouncey has generated most of the buzz (both good and bad) thus far this season, but Gilbert's play in this SEC Championship rematch against Alabama could play a key role in determining the winner. Gilbert, the Gators' right tackle, will be matched up against talented junior Marcell Dareus. Dareus struggled last week against Arkansas with a sprained ankle, but is a legitimate first round talent when healthy. If Gilbert (6-5, 320) is able to handle Dareus, the Gators chances of moving the ball against this talented Crimson Tide defense grow significantly. This game begins at 8 pm EST and will be televised by CBS.

QB Jake Locker, Washington:
Admittedly I could justify putting Locker on here every weekend but I'm betting that you're just as curious as I am as to how he performs in this, his first game since the Nebraska debacle. Locker doesn't have to win this game to right the ship in terms of his own slipping draft grade. He does, however, have to show improved accuracy and decision-making against a Trojan team looking for revenge. Remember, it was Locker and the Huskies' upset over the Trojans last year that some say led to the "fall of Troy." With the Huskies desperate to prove that the Nebraska game was a fluke and USC just as desperate to prove they remain among the Pac-10's elite, this game has all of the drama, but so much less of the hype of the day's monster showdowns. This game begins at 8 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN2.

DT/NG Sione Pua, Stanford: The young and dynamic skill position prospects in the Oregon-Stanford will get all of the attention and rightfully so. Pua, however, is one of the draft's more underrated run stuffers. If he can control the middle of the line of scrimmage and force Oregon running back LaMichael James outside, the Cardinal could force young Duck quarterback Darron Thomas to beat them. The last two defenses that were as physical as Stanford's gave the Ducks plenty of trouble -- Arizona State gave Oregon quite a scare last week and Ohio State beat the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. The winner of this game, I believe, becomes the odds on favorite to represent the Pac-10 in the Rose Bowl this year.  This game begins at 8 pm EST and will be televised by ABC/ESPN.
Posted on: July 23, 2010 8:09 pm
 

Some notes after reviewing the ACC

Fellow Senior Analyst Chad Reuter and I have been busy the past month reviewing film of the 2010 senior prospects. Chad, as always, is ahead of me and has been steadily producing finished player profiles already in preparation for our 2010 NFL Draft Preview.

I've completed scouting reports for approximately 50 prospects; most of them coming from the SEC, ACC and Pac-10 Conferences.

I've been working on these reports while tracking the NCAA's sudden focus on agent-related benefits potentially being given to NCAA players. I recognize that the story is a huge one, but quite frankly, I wanted to finally present a blog post about actual football, and not just more off-field concerns.

Thus, here are some of my general thoughts based after film review of some of the ACC's biggest names amongst senior prospects.

  • North Carolina, as I've mentioned in previous articles and blog posts, is ridiculously athletic. It is easy to get caught up with DT Marvin Austin or OLB Bruce Carter's athleticism, but the steady play of CB Kendric Burney and OLB Quan Sturdivant jumps off film, as well. I was a little disappointed, honestly, in free safety Deunta Williams... He may be a ballhawk, but the impressive UNC defense hides the fact that he plays a pretty finesse-brand of football...
  • How does Clemson lose C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford and look just as athletic on film? This year though the eye-popping talent is on the defensive side of the ball. DT Jarvis Jenkins really flashes on tape, as does cornerback Marcus Gilchrist. All-American DeAndre McDaniel may have enjoyed as good a first half of football as I've seen a safety have in some time against Kentucky in the Music Bowl...
  • Forget the theory that because Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling is 6-2 he can't play cornerback in the NFL. Dowling is impressive on film; reminiscient of former Utah Ute and current Miami Dolphin Sean Smith...
  • Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey is one of the more fascinating stories in all of college football. The Canes' next first round defender was born and raised in a tiny village (approx. 80 people) called Hogs Hammock on Sapelo Island, approximately 15 miles off the coast of Georgia. He'll be wined and dined by agents and, later, NFL teams as they decide where he fits best in their scheme, but that may not be the best way to get to know this player. The residents of Hogs Hammock fish, hunt and gather shellfish for their meals and are appropriately proud to do so. So much so that once he and his family served a college recruitor a tasty dish... of raccoon .
  • Much has been made of BC linebacker Mark Herzlich's amazing recovery from Ewing's Sarcoma -- as it should. The fact that he's recovery is glorious in itself... but, boy, can this kid play the game too. Here's hoping that Herzlich, North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving (who missed the 2009 season after a nearly-fatal car accident) and Miami running back Graig Cooper (who tore up his knee in the Champs Sports Bowl) are able to come back and thrill us again this season.

I'll post my thoughts on the SEC and Pac-10 in the coming days.

 
 
 
 
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