Getting geared up for the Senior Bowl, already a few players are starting to hit the radar as players to watch over the coming week. Here are some quick profiles on three names to watch, as well as one to avoid.
CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
Dowling missed the whole season and is now being discounted by many. But before the year started, he was considered in the same breath with Prince Amukamara as the top senior cornerbacks in the nation.-- Mocking The Draft
Only an average cornerback crew here in Mobile... Marcus Gilchrist and Ras-I Dowling have been two ACC cornerbacks that I've liked alot, and while both have the size and length to be starters, they'll need to show more consistency and more fluid hips.-- Optimum Scouting
I know what you're going to say: "Drafting another cornerback? Really?" Third round picks spent on Bradley Fletcher in 2009 and Jerome Murphy in 2010 have yielded one talented starter and one pysical but enigmatic player currently stuck on special teams. Hopefully Murphy can improve his coverage skills and get into the rotation, but the Rams could still use more young talent in the pipeline at the position.
CB depth, a real problem for St. Louis last year, stands out as one of the biggest positives on Green Bay's defense over the past two weeks, as Tramon Williams and Sam Shields -- their 2nd and 3rd CBs -- made game-changing plays to preserve a Super Bowl bid. When you blitz as much as the Packers (and Spagnuolo's defenses do), having a deep stable of lock-down playmakers in the defensive backfield is essential. Accoding to these draft profiles, Dowling could be one of those players, and could be gotten relatively cheaply.
Scott Porter at New Era Scouting and Erik Galko at Optimum Scouting both currently have Dowling rated 6th among CBs, with Galko calling the 6'0" 200-lber "Very physical and experienced," adding that "a good combine will help."