Scouting Report: Navorro Bowman

Written by Will Spencer on April 21, 2010



Navorro Bowman


Position: OLB School: Penn State
Height: 6’0 1/2 Weight: 242 lbs
Class: RS-Junior 40 time: 4.73

Overall Grade:

6.06

Draft Projection:

Late 2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 3.5
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 6.5
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 5.5
Character 6 2.5
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 6.5
Potential 10 8.5


Linebacker Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 6.5
Coverage 8 7
Pass Rushing 8 3.5
Tackling 8 7
Instincts 8 7
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 6.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

Two year starter at Penn State.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-Big 10.
2008: 1st team All-Big 10.
2007: n/a


Academics

Crime, law and justice major at Penn State.

Injuries

Missed two games in 2007 with a sprained ankle. Missed three games in 2009 with groin injury.

Off-field incidents

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.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 93 52 41 3 0 2 1
2008 106 61 45 4 2 1 0
2007 15 3 12 1 0 0 0



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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.