The last pick for the Oakland Raiders in the 2014 NFL Draft has been submitted. GM Reggie McKenzie has selected SS Jonathan Dowling out of Western Kentucky.
6′ 3″ 190 pound Dowling had an up and down campaign as a college player, and he will be looking to become a true professional with the help of the Oakland Raiders. He should be an automatic contributor on Special Teams for the Raiders. This player likes to deliver large hits to the ball carrier.
Unfortunately, his biggest knock is that he fails to wrap up when tackling. This is going to be a project player for the Raiders. Hopefully, Tyvon Branch and Charles Woodson, along with the coaches, can get this player to settle down and become an impact team member.
Like many of the final picks, time will tell if they are ready to be NFL players, or if they just can’t cut it in a league that will pass them by. Still, I like the route McKenzie has taken the Raiders, and he has back filled many of the holes the Raiders had.