Jonathan Dowling (FS), Western Kentucky
6'3" | 190 lbs.
67 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 INT, 7 PD, 6 FF
What scouts are saying:
"He'll probably be selected on the third day. Given that, it's tough to figure out why he would declare a year early." (WalterFootball.com)
"Playmaker who loves to bait throws. Aggressive at the catch point and won?t concede completions. Scrappy attitude and plays with a chip. Experience on special teams coverages. Highly productive and opportunistic as a two-year starter (23 career starts) with 23 passes defended, 9 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles the past two seasons, earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors." (Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com)
"Talks too much and shows off-putting body language. Questionable mental toughness. Character, maturity and coachability should be looked into." (Nolan Nawrocki – NFL.com)
Fit for Bears:
Safety is possibly the greatest position of need for the Bears entering the 2014 NFL Draft and Dowling would be worth monitoring as Day 3 progresses. The former four-star high school recruit has developed into one of the most intriguing defensive backs in this year's draft, in large part because of his ability to force turnovers. Not only can Dowling make a quarterback pay for testing him deep, but his knack for stripping the ball is similar to current Bears cornerback Charles Tillman. The departure of Major Wright and the combination of Chris Conte's ineffectiveness and health has created a huge opportunity for a late-round round rookie to come into camp and contribute right away. Dowling has the right blend of skill and confidence to force his way on the field if GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman decide to select the former Hilltopper.