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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Tyus Bowser, Houston

Bowser’s name has risen up draft boards, and could hear his name on Day 1

NCAA Football: Texas Kickoff-Oklahoma vs Houston Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tyus Bowser- Linebacker, Houston Cougars

HEIGHT: 6’3”

WEIGHT: 247

ARM LENGTH: 33 1/4”

HANDS: 10 1/8”

PROJECTION: 2nd ROUND

40 YD DASH (NFL Combine): 4.56 sec

BENCH PRESS (NFL Combine): 21

VERTICAL (NFL Combine): 37.5”

BROAD JUMP (NFL Combine): 127”

3 CONE DRILL (NFL Combine): 6.75 sec


NCAA Football: Mid-American Conference-Temple at Houston Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Besides a name that fans will love to say, Bowser’s athleticism will have them talking too. His motions seem natural, and he has a quick burst at the snap of the ball regardless of his direction. Bowser is disciplined in his reads, and deciphers a play quickly to find the ball. With teams running away from his side, Bowser executed his responsibilities while also using his speed to chase down the play from the backside. Bowser has shown the ability to turn his hips in coverage, and has the speed to run with tight ends. He has improved on using his hands to shed blockers and get around blockers on the pass rush.

WEAKNESSES: Starting with the pass rush, Bowser does not switch up his attack often. He relies on his speed around the edge to beat tackles, and rarely uses power moves. He struggles with size that can engulf and control him, which leads many to believe he will move to linebacker. While he fills out the uniform, I’m not sure how much size can be added to his frame.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Bowser is a tremendous talent, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he rises up draft boards leading up to the draft. His name has already been rising sharply, and some experts even have him going in the first round. He is extremely athletic, and has shown he can handle any challenge that he is presented with. His game is well rounded and should be able to compete for a starting spot right away.