Bust Watch: Patriots CB Ras-I Dowling

The AFC East blog continues its series this week on highly touted draft picks who need to show up in 2012. Next we take a look at a cornerback for the New England Patriots.

Bust Watch: CB Ras-I Dowling

Pick: Second round, 2011

Analysis: To be fair, this is only Dowling’s second season. But Dowling was thought to be a first-round talent the Patriots got value for in the second round. Dowling had a hip injury that sidelined him most of last season. He recorded just three tackles. Dowling also looked a step slow in mandatory minicamp in June, but that is to be expected coming off a major injury. Dowling must shake the rust quickly and get back to 100 percent to avoid the “bust” label. New England’s pass defense, which was 31st last season, really needs Dowling to develop.