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.