School: Penn State
Projected 40-Time: 4.62
Star Rating: Grade: 91
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Bowman is an explosive, instinctive defender who brings an all-around game to the field. He diagnoses the action quickly, displays tremendous lateral agility and a burst of speed that allows him to pursue sideline-to-sideline. He has good upper-body strength and strong hands that allow him to shed blocks. He breaks down well in space, demonstrates proper tackling technique against the ballcarrier and is tough to elude on the perimeter. He's forceful up field, blades through the line of scrimmage and unleashes highlight reel hits against the opposition. He plays with a degree of suddenness, uses his athleticism to his advantage, is strong enough to knock blockers backwards, and applies instant pressure on the quarterback coming off the edge. He gets good depth on his drops and has the awareness to defend against the run and pass. He plays with intelligence, a high motor and great passion. He has the potential to be a game changer on defense.
Weaknesses: He lacks ideal size and struggles to shed blocks against a bigger opposition. He's good in coverage, but gives up big plays against tall pass catchers. He's had considerable off-the-field issues in the past; character is a major concern.Steuber Says: A two-year starter at Penn State, Bowman, although productive, has had his share of off the field problems during his collegiate career, and that will likely affect his draft stock in the 2010 draft. This is a huge offseason for the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Bowman, who decided to forego his senior year after a junior campaign where he recorded 93 tackles, 17 for a loss, three sacks and two interceptions. He's an exceptional talent, who despite his stature, plays with unparalleled intensity and passion. But while his game on the field is amongst the best of any linebacker available in the draft, Bowman will have to be completely honest during meetings this offseason with NFL teams and explain his mindset during the time of his discretions. If a team feels comfortable with his answers, there's no question he should be one of the first 32 players selected; his game is reminiscent of Carolina Panthers All-Pro linebacker Jon Beason. Teams in the opening frame that will have interest are the Philadelphia Eagles (No. 24), Arizona Cardinals (No. 26), Indianapolis Colts (No. 31) and New Orleans Saints (No. 32).
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