San Jose State cornerback Dwight Lowery is visiting with the San Diego Chargers on Monday, April 7, the first of two official visits he's lined up prior to the NFL Draft so far. Lowery's other visit is set up for April 14-15 with the New Orleans Saints.
But those two clubs aren't the only ones who have shown significant interest in the 5-foot-11, 201-pound corner. At his school's pro day, he spoke to a New York Jets scout throughout the day who was obviously familiar with Lowery's abilities.
"He told me to relax and just workout, that they know that I'm a good football player, and don't put too much stress into the events of that day," Lowery told Scout.com during an exclusive interview.
But before his Pro Day, he met with Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and New England Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio for an interview and to watch some tape.
"I really admire the Patriots from the standpoint that they take a real business-like approach to football — and you could tell that by how their guy was asking me questions, and the various scenarios he was throwing at me that would arise during a game, what we saw on film," Lowery explained. "And I really think that's one of the reasons why the Patriots are good, because they look for football players. They're looking for guys who understand and have a cerebral approach to the game, because during the game, it's just as much mental as it is physical.
"The GM of the Falcons was mainly observing, but he seems like a good guy, too. So it was nothing but a good situation."
Dwight Lowery breaks up a pass intended for New Mexico's Travis Brown in Dec 2006.
AP Photo/Matt York
Lowery, the first San Jose State player to earn All-American honors in consecutive seasons, spent his first two years playing free safety at Cabrillo College before transferring. He landed the starting left cornerback spot with the Spartans in 2006 and made nine interceptions, putting him in a tie for the lead in that category nationally. He then tacked on four more during his senior season while making 44 tackles.
Even though Lowery also returned 19 punts for an average of 14.4 yards per return in 2007, teams haven't been asking him much about his skills as a return specialist.
"I don't even know that a lot of teams are familiar with my capabilities as a punt returner because I only did it for one year at San Jose State," Lowery said. "I feel like I'm a very capable punt returner, I've been doing it ever since I was in high school and it's something I'm very comfortable doing. I feel like it'll be one of those things where I'll get a chance to show myself in camp."
As he prepared to leave this weekend for his first visit in San Diego, it was interesting to note the contrast between their interest in him to date versus that of the Saints.
"I haven't had any contact with the Chargers up until this visit. My coach told me that some of the scouts came by during the summer, I believe. But other than that, I haven't had any contact with them at all," he said. "But I'm excited. It's my first visit with a team since this whole process started, and there's also an exciting element of not knowing what to expect."
But Lowery knows quite a bit more about the Saints staff that he'll see during his second official visit in mid-April.
"They weren't a big surprise. I talked to them briefly at my school, and then I talked to one of their scouts at the East-West Shrine Game and then I had a formal interview with them at the Combine. So they've shown interest throughout," he said.
With just weeks remaining until he finds out which team wants to offer him a job, Lowery is clearly prepared — both mentally and physically — to get started.
"I'm going to come ready to go. I'm taking a real business approach to it, because that's what it is, it's your job," he said. "My mentality is that I want to come on the field to make plays, I don't just want to be there. So I believe you have to prepare yourself to be the best that you can be. And I believe that if I do that, I'll be very successful."
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