Player Profile: Ras-I Dowling

Written by Chris Lomas on September 13, 2010


Ras-I Dowling

 

Position: CB School: Virginia
Height: 6’2" Weight: 200 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.50
All-Star Game: Team Captain:

Overall Grade:

-.–

Draft Projection:

 

Non-position specific categories

 

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 -
Speed 8 -
Quickness/Agility 10 -
Strength/Explosion 10 -
Athletic Ability 8 -
Durability 8 -
Character 6 -
Production/Experience 6 -
Toughness 8 -
Potential 10 -

 

Defensive Back Specific Categories

 

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 -
Man Coverage 10 -
Zone Coverage 10 -
Tackling 6 -
Run Stopping 6 -
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 -
Physicality 6 -

 

Explanation of Player Grading System

 

The Breakdown

Dowling has the height and frame that scouts love. With great size at 6-2, 200 lbs he has long arms, and enough speed to keep up with wideouts down the field. Possessing good instincts in man to man coverage, he shows the capability to jump routes, the ability to locate the ball and maintain good body control while in the air. Demonstrates awareness and understanding in zone coverage, he reads the play well putting himself in good position to consistently make the tackle. Dowling displays the ability to defend the run and is not afraid to take on blocks, showcasing some fearlessness when tackling and producing a good pop on contact. Consistently takes proper angles to the ball he possesses good technique when tackling. At the line of scrimmage he is very physical, using his hands well to jam receivers preventing them from getting a clean release off the line. While at times he may have lapses in concentration, he is also known to be very competitive and coachable. The major deficiency with Dowling is that he is not a natural bender and as a result tends to play too upright which is most evident in man to man situations. In his backpedal, he does not stay low in his stance preventing him from maintaining balance and proper footwork in his transition. When asked to click and close, he is too upright limiting his quickness and explosiveness towards the ball. If he is required to turn and run, his lack of proper footwork and stiffness inhibits his ability to maintain balance and body control allowing receivers to create separation.
At the next level he will be most effective against tall receivers where his size and height will be very valuable, however against smaller quick twitch receivers where he is asked to change direction and transition quickly he will be at a disadvantage. He will be drafted as a corner, but long term he may be best suited as a free safety because while he possesses good size and solid tackling ability, his inflexibility and failure to remain low and compact in his technique may be difficult to overcome. Expect him to be drafted in the middle to late first round or even early second round.

 

Strengths

Full report coming soon!

 

Weaknesses

Full report coming soon!

 

Analysis

Full report coming soon!

 

Experience

2009 Junior played in 12 games all as a starter, 2008 Sophomore played in 11 games starting the final 9 games, 2007 Freshman played in 12 games

 

Awards and Honors

2009: 2nd team All-ACC.
2008: 2nd team All-ACC.

 

Academics

Sociology major at Virginia.

 

Injuries

2010 struggling with a hamstring injury, dressed but did not play the first game of the season.

 

Athletic Experience

Played on high school basketball team (2 time second team all district) and a sprinter on high school track team.

 

Bloodlines

Nothing of note.

 

Off-field

No known off-field issues or notable accomplishments.

 

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 58 40 18 1 2 3 0
2008 43 33 10 0 0 3 0
2007 43 29 14 0 1 2 0

 

Prospect Video Clips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUDcKqcHuK8

 

 

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Chris Lomas

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