Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling needed a big pro day performance Monday to prove that an injury-riddled senior season hasn’t diminished what he can bring to an NFL team, and the kid excelled in front of representatives from 25 teams who came to watch him work out.
Dowling measured in at 6-foot-1 5/8 and 199 pounds, running 4.36 and 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also ran a 6.85 3-cone drill and 4.26 short shuttle, but stood on his jumps and bench press from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Dowling did all the DB position drills and looked very good, definitely increasing his position in the draft. He could very well end up being taken in the bottom of the first round, and definitely should be gone by the top of the second.
Of the 25 teams in attendance, 11 sent their DB coach, including Tim Walton of the Lions. It was no surprise, then, that Detroit hosted Dowling on Wednesday. Dowling actually has eight visits lined up with other teams.
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