FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling held a conference call with reporters shortly after he was selected by the Patriots 33rd overall, and here were a few soundbites:
Named after boxer Livingstone Bramble. He was named after former fighter Livingstone Bramble, who changed his name to Ras-I. Dowling's father, Larry, is a big boxing fan. Dowling's middle name, Luis, is after former boxer Jose Luis Ramirez.
Stung by injuries. Dowling didn't generate the momentum he had hoped entering the draft, limited to five games because of a series of injuries (ankle, knee, hamstring). Dowling had appeared in 35 games over his first three seasons at Virginia, so missing games was something he hadn't experienced before. He called himself fully healthy. "if we had camp tomorrow, I'd be ready to go," he said.
Pride in special teams. Similar to 2010 first-round pick Devin McCourty, Dowling said he takes pride playing on special teams, where "game-changing plays" are made. "It's one aspect every team needs to win a game," he said, later adding that defensive backs Ronnie Lott and Rod Woodson were two players he enjoyed watching as a youngster, and that he is religious.