Biography: "Three-year starter who struggled with assorted leg injuries as a senior, posting just 18 tackles and breaking up one pass in five games. All-Conference selection after his junior and sophomore seasons. Totaled 58/3/8 as a junior and 43/3/11 as a sophomore."
Positives: "Physically talented cornerback who's displayed starting potential for the next level throughout his college career. Plays with physicality, shows a burst of recovery speed, and makes plays all over the field. Better than average instincts, effectively reads receivers' eyes, and gets his head back around to locate the pass. Displays a terrific burst out of his plant, uses his frame to box out opponents, and has good hands. Works hard to get up the field and make plays against the run and screens."
Negatives: Struggles following receivers out of their breaks. Lacks great top-end speed. Not a reliable tackler.
Analysis: "Coming into his senior season, Dowling was rated as one of the top cornerback prospects in land. However, he watched his draft stock drop after spending most of the year on the sidelines with injury. He's still a quality next level prospect with the size and skill to break into a starting lineup if he gets back to prior playing form."
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