Dec. 26, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas wide receiver Cody Wilson (11) makes catch while being tackled by Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive back Jonathan Dowling (1) in the second quarter of the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders selected SS Jonathan Dowling with the 247th pick

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.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Jonathan Dowling Oakland Raiders Reggie McKenzie

  • Bob

    The Raiders need a hard hitting safety to replace Woodson.

  • Jim Craig

    You mention that Reggie has back filled our holes. May I ask how are we doing at receiver?

  • raidernation

    James Jones, Streater almost 1000 yds, Holmes, Moore, they’re ok.why?

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Plenty of receivers on the roster: Moore, Streater, Jones, Holmes, Butler, Jenkins and Criner

  • Jim Craig

    Going into the draft the experts were saying that WR was a need. Maybe with a few good QBs (fingers crossed) the receivers will rise up? Hopefully this turns out to be true.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I think we have some of the best receivers in football. They’ve lacked a QB that will throw the ball. They get open, but lack of a quick release has been an issue. A QB must make quick decisive throws in the NFL. Hopefully Schaub will be out of his slump and take care of business.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Plus, O-Line has been a problem. Not now. Big beefy blocking line is back in Oakland

  • Arty G

    Streater and Streater duh!!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    He could be that guy

  • Wave The Red Towel

    Dowling is, first and foremost, a ball-hawk. He lead the Sun Belt in interceptions last year, as well as in forced fumbles. However, you guys hit it right on the head – he goes for the big hit and wants to make it on sports center. A “project player,” is a fair way to assess him, but he can learn an enormous amount from a guy like Woodson.