Raiders select Western Kentucky S Jonathan Dowling

Raiders select Western Kentucky S Jonathan Dowling
May 10, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Jonathan Dowling finished 2013 with 67 tackles, seven pass breakups and an NCAA-best six forced fumbles. (USATSI)

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ALAMEDA — The Raiders used their final selection of the 2014 draft (No. 247 overall) on Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling.

Jonathan Dowling
Safety
Western Kentucky
6-foot-3
1909 pounds
Selection:
Seventh round, No. 247 overall

Chosen ahead of . . . CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State, ILB Christian Jones, Florida State; ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford, OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

College career: Started his career at Florida, but, according to NFL.com, he was kicked off the team during the 2010 for not complying with staff and coaches and skipping class. He sat out 2011 and transferred to Western Kentucky. He played well in 2013, with 67 tackles, seven pass breakups and an NCAA-best six forced fumbles.

Scouting report: Analysts say he has excellent height and arms and has big-play capability. He’s a big hitter who isn’t afraid to go for big hit. They say he could use to bulk up. NFL.com also said he has maturity concerns and often shows poor fundamentals.

How he fits: He needs to be a strong special teams contributor right away, while proving he can play safety at the NFL level. He can sit behind Tyvon Branch, Charles Woodson and Usama Young during the 2014 season and develop without the pressure of having to play right away.

Next scheduled pick: Raiders draft is complete.