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NFL Draft 2011 Results: Ras-I Dowling Selected By New England Patriots

Our first semi-local college prospect is off the board. WIth the 33rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Ras-I Dowling, a cornerback from the University of Virginia. 

The Virginia cornerback is a logical pick for the Patriots, who need help in the secondary to maintain a strong defense. Dowling only played three games last year because of a left ankle injury, but had eight career interceptions as an all-world cornerback at Virginia. His draft stock probably took a hit because of the ankle injury, but at No. 33 overall, he still recovered fairly well. He was able to raise his stock at the NFL Draft combine, posting a 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash, one of the highest times among defensive backs.

Torrey Smith and Ryan WIlliams remain unclaimed early in the second round. For more on Dowling, users should check out SB Nation's Virginia blog Streaking the Lawn.