We had the following to say about Dowling when we made him our top choice for the Patriots in our CB rankings.
If the Patriots are in the market for a physical corner that also has some safety ability, than Dowling is their guy. He is a great tackler that is also adept at re-routing receivers at the line of scrimmage. He’ll thrive playing man, but can also play zone.
Durability is Dowling’s main concern, although he does tend to gamble at times. After the middle of the 2nd round, Dowling would provide some great value.
His height (6’1″) and awareness allows him to be a great jump-ball defender, something that Patriots DB’s have struggled with in the past. Dowling is just the latest corner to be picked in the first couple of rounds by the Patriots.