2015 NFL DRAFT

Jonathan Dowling, FS

School: Western Kentucky  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
20286

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.492.591.5708 33 1/29'10"4.247.04
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- -09'10"--

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, lean-muscled athlete with outstanding length. Shows a knack for using his long arms to poke the ball out or extend and get his hands on the ball in the air. Good chase speed and overall range with long strides, staying light on his feet. Flexible lower body and footwork with closing burst to plant and drive with proper timing. Fluid range of motion with loose hips and joints.

Puts himself in position to make plays with quick reflexes and improved instincts. Playmaker who loves to bait throws. Aggressive at the catch point and won't concede completions. Scrappy attitude and plays with a chip. Experience on special teams coverages. Highly productive and opportunistic as a two-year starter (23 career starts) with 23 passes defended, 9 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles the past two seasons, earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors.

WEAKNESSES: Gangly, lanky body type. Too easily blocked from plays with below average play strength. Overmatched near the line of scrimmage. Too much of a hugger on tackle attempts and needs to spend more time in the weight room to develop his finishing power.

Inconsistent tackling technique and form, struggling to break down on the move. Too reactionary and waits for the ballcarrier to come to him vs. the run. Plays too tall and struggles to keep his pad level low. Inconsistent ballskills and will drop too many would-be interceptions. Loose cannon with his play and demeanor. Strong character concerns after being kicked off the team at Florida for a violation of unspecified rules - immature, entitled attitude with multiple run-ins with coaches.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A four-star prep defensive back, Dowling had offers from Alabama, Georgia and Florida State, but chose Florida prior to his senior year in high school.

He played sparingly as a true freshman and often found himself in the doghouse of Urban Meyer and the rest of the Gators' coaching staff, ultimately leading to his dismissal from the program. Dowling transferred to Western Kentucky and sat out the 2011 season due to transfer rules. He started two full seasons for the Hilltoppers with excellent production both years, including 18 total turnovers (9 interceptions, 8 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery).

Dowling is a tall, rangy athlete with intriguing speed and playmaking ability for the position, but he is currently a liability vs. the run and needs to be more aggressive in space and attack instead of reacting to the ballcarrier. He loves to freelance and roam, but his undisciplined style will drive coaches wild and he doesn't have the best reputation as being a coachable player.

Dowling is best suited to play cornerback at the NFL level and if he dedicates himself to fixing his technique (will need a patience positional coach), he has a future at the next level.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 7/247 - Jonathan Dowling, S, 6-3, 198, Western Kentucky...Dowling joins a position starved for depth behind starting strong safety Tyvon Branch and 37-year-old free safety Charles Woodson. In 2013, Dowling displayed good ball skills as well as ball-stripping ability, forcing six fumbles. Dowling started his career at Florida, but was dismissed by coach Urban Meyer after having an issue with an assistant coach. - The Sports Xchange
 

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