With the final pick for the Oakland Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft they have selected CB/S Jonathon Dowling out of Western Kentucky. This was pick number 247 overall. It is the pick that the Raiders received in compensation from the Seattle Seahawks for their trade of Terrelle Pryor.
Dowling is one of the many underclassmen who decided to enter the draft early. He also is another HUGE cornerback/Safety prospect at 6'3. It doesn't hurt adding as many players at a need position as you can when it is this late in the draft and the secondary is definitely one of those areas. He is well worth the investment.
Jonathon Dowling wasn't suppose to go to Western Kentucky originally, he was suppose to go to the Florida Gators. He was a 4 star recruit coming out of highschool and signed to play with the Gators but Urban Meyer dismissed him from the team for skipping classes and being immature.
Now Jonathon has been drafted anyway and the Raiders could use his talents. It is interesting watching the Raiders add 3 different secondary players that are all over 6 feet tall, they must have liked what they saw in Seattle! Jonathon is the last of the 3 to be drafted but he is very talented in his own rights.
Dowling actually played Safety in college and is known as a hitter, so there is a good chance that they will be looking to see if he can play that position in the NFL. He ran the 40 in 4.52 seconds so he isn't slow but isn't a speedster either. He does have the capability to play corner too if needed so we will see where he lines up when he gets to camp.
With this final selection the Raiders 2014 draft goes as follows: 1st round Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, 2nd Round Fresno St QB Derek Carr, 3rd Round Mississippi State OG Gabe Jackson, 4th Round Louisiana St DT Justin Ellis, 4th Round Utah CB Keith McGill, 7th Round Ohio CB T.J. Carrie, 7th Round Illinois St DT Shelby Harris, and now the final selection is 7th Round Western Kentucky CB Jonathon Dowling.