Dec. 26, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas wide receiver Cody Wilson (11) makes catch while being tackled by Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive back Jonathan Dowling (1) in the second quarter of the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
At 6-3, 190 pounds, Dowling is a big safety with the frame to get even bigger.
Dowling is a rangy free safety type who can create turnovers and hand out some big hits. In the last two seasons he picked off nine passes and forced eight fumbles for Western Kentucky. Adding this kind of ability to the back end of the secondary in a reserve role could be appealing to the Chiefs.
But there are always reasons why a guy like this falls. One of which is character, which Dowling has some question marks. He was kicked off the Florida football team for violating team rules and is said to carry a swagger that he hasn’t necessarily earned.
There is also the issue of Dowling’s consistency as a tackler. Because he’ll be out on his own in deep coverage, he will be the last line of defense in many situations. Kansas City may want a guy who is more consistent there than what Dowling is projected to bring.
Finally, Dowling was drafted by the Raiders late in the seventh round. Their team could use as much depth as possible, especially in the secondary. So there’s likely some considerable doubt whether or not their is a realistic chance he could be cut by the Raiders.