Rankings Info & Ras-I Dowling

by Tommy Lawlor  –  http://www.ScoutsNotebook.com

* I’ve been working on the rankings. There should be 15 players listed at most positions. I’m finalizing a few others. WR is tough because of some small school guys I’m still trying to get comfortable with.

* I was re-reading some notes recently and found something funny. I don’t think of myself as a big fan of CB Shareece Wright or S/CB Marcus Gilchrist, but I found positive notes time and again. I guess I liked those guys more than I realized.

* What do we do with CB Ras-I Dowling? He is 6’1, 198. He ran 4.39 at his Pro Day. Dowling started for 4 years. In his first 3 years he totaled 8 INTs, 4 FFs, and broke up 27 passes. Go watch some tape. At least half the picks came with him jumping up to snag the ball. He has good hands, instincts, and ball skills. His value is hurt by the fact he was injured for most of his Senior season and then missed the Senior Bowl and most of the Combine. We’re talking about nagging injuries, not ACL type stuff, but teams hate when they can’t see a guy in his final season and then the normal postseason activities. While Dowling is talented, he’s not the same level of CB as the Big 3. He’s got their size and speed, but not the cover skills. Dowling doesn’t have great hips, but is a CB and not a Safety. One odd thing is that he didn’t press and jam receivers all that much. Mainly played off. Dowling is worth an early 2nd, but it won’t shock me to see him go late in the 1st. Gil Brandt said there were 25 teams and 11 DB coaches at Dowling’s Pro Day. That tells you what the league thinks of this guy.

* Tennessee WR Denarius Moore has quietly become a mid-round prospect. He has solid size at 6’0, 194. Good speed. Ran 4.43 at the Combine. The speed shows up on game tape. Averaged more than 20 yards per catch this year. Very good deep receiver. Locates the ball well and can adjust on the move. Good hands. Moore isn’t a guy that you want as a workhorse WCO receiver, but he can be a good NFL player in a downfield passing attack.

* Jordan Cameron from USC is my #2 TE. I have him rated as a 3rd rounder. He only caught 16 passes in 2010, but impressed me when I studied him on tape. Good size. Natural athlete. Former basketball player. He’s the kind of guy that can be coached up in the NFL and turned into a very good TE. The overall class isn’t good. There are a lot of athletic projects, like Cameron, but very few guys that are complete or that feel like sure things.

* One mid-major pass rusher to watch for late in the draft is Mario Addison of Troy. He had 10.5 sacks this season and also 3 FFs. Addison is 6’3, 250. He had a good showing at his Pro Day. He’s probably best suited for 3-4 OLB.

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