The Mid-Late Round Steals: Jonathan Dowling - FS - Western Kentucky

Mark A. Cunningham

From the FanPosts -Joel

After the feedback I got on the "Looking Ahead" series, I decided I'd provide some deeper looks at a few of the players I talked about that many of you might not know.

Jonathan Dowling - FS - Western Kentucky: 5th Rd

If you look on CBS right now, they have Dowling listed as a 7th-UDFA prospect. This is almost a criminally low ranking, and it really all stems from his time at Florida. Dowling has just about every physical trait you could want in a FS. Great size, fast, strong, makes good reads, ball hawk, and a play maker. He's a good tackler, but needs to work on wrapping up more often instead of always looking for the big hit. He has some character concerns. At Florida, he would skip practices as a freshman, and Urban Meyer sent a message to the team by kicking Dowling off the squad. He sat out the 2011 season before coming on to be an absolute star for WKU. His most impressive games seem to come against the SEC: 3 picks, 3 break ups, 28 tackles, 1 FF (4 games).

I saw his games against Kentucky and Central Michigan in 2012 and against Kentucky and Navy in 2013. I came away pretty impressed. Wish I could have seen what he can do with some talent around him.


Height - 6'3

Weight - 198 lbs

40 time - 4.42

Stat Line:


Tackles - 67

Pass Break Ups - 7

INTs - 3

FFs - 6


Tackles - 68

Pass Break Ups - 7

INTs - 6

FFs - 2

Makes a great read, delivers a huge (clean) hit, and forces the ball free.

Pay attention on that 2nd pick. Watch how he reads the QB before the ball is thrown. Same with the 3rd pick, he reads the QB perfectly. However, you do see the concern people have with his ball security...but if that's the biggest worry about your FS, you're in pretty good shape.

This was a huge play for Florida International that turned into a huge play for Western Kentucky. That can suck the wind out of any team.

You'll see him in run support, pass coverage, and blitzing. Needs to wrap up better, but he delivers a huge hit almost every play.

Draw your own conclusions about him, but this is the guy that I think we should be looking at in the draft at FS. Pairing him with Eric Berry could give us one of the most intimidating and athletic deep secondaries in the NFL. Even though there aren't any reports of him being a problem at WKU, we'd probably want to keep a veteran on board to keep an eye on him.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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