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A true speed linebacker. Excellent in coverage. Quick to drop into his zone and does a nice job reading the quarterback’s eyes. Quick with good straight line speed. Good sideline-to-sideline runner. Does a nice job stopping outside the tackles runs. Instincts are well above average. Good, reliable tackler and can lay a big hit on the ball carrier.
Doesn’t possess ideal size and is limited in upper body strength. Can be overpowered by strong offensive lineman, especially when they get into his frame. Needs to do a better job of using his hands to disengage from blockers. Can be sucked in by play action passes. Has some relatively serious off-field issues. Not much of a pass rusher.
If Bowman didn’t have the off-field issues and had less of an injury history, he could easily be an early 2nd round selection and maybe slip into the bottom of round 1. His instincts are very good and he’s fundamentally sound as a linebacker. Bowman is outstanding in coverage and has the speed to keep up with most tight ends and backs. He sometimes has trouble getting off blocks, which makes him an ideal candidate as a weak side linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He’s had some personally rough challenges during his college career as he lost his father and his high school football coach (who was like a father to him) within a 6 month period.
Two year starter at Penn State.
Awards and Honors
2009: 1st team All-Big 10.
2008: 1st team All-Big 10.
Crime, law and justice major at Penn State.
Missed two games in 2007 with a sprained ankle. Missed three games in 2009 with groin injury.
Arrested in 2007 after being involved in an off-campus fight, which led to his suspension from the team and he was placed on probation. Bowman violated that probation and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.
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