The New England Patriots kicked off the second day of the 2011 NFL draft by selecting CB Ras-I Dowling out of Virginia with the 33rd overall pick. ESPN's Mel Kiper suggests he would have been a first round pick if he hadn't suffered a variety of knee and ankle injuries last season.
Dowling has a lot of upside and the Patriots value players who fly under the radar like him. Dowling's a little unique because he's big -- 6'1" and 198 pounds -- and runs a sub 4.4 40-yard dash. He gives the Patriots more talent in the secondary.
The Patriots picked OT Nate Solder in round one and, with Dowling in round two, have yet to address pass rusher, which many thought was their biggest need.
Check out Pats Pulpit for more on the Patriots draft plans.
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