FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots have selected Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling with the first pick of the second round, No. 33 overall.
At 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds, Dowling appeared in only five games for the Cavaliers last season due to hamstring, ankle, and knee injuries.
In 2009, Dowling was an All-ACC second team selection after playing in 12 games and recording three interceptions.
He led the team as a sophomore in 2008 with three interceptions, starting the final nine games of the season.