Penn State Outside Linebacker Navorro Bowman

He needs some time to develop, but Bowman's got the skill set to get the job done. National Football Post

Print This March 01, 2010, 07:04 AM EST

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Navorro Bowman: No. 11, OLB, 6-1, 230

Bowman is a gifted athlete who's comfortable in space and does a nice job of cleanly redirecting out of his breaks. He showcases good balance in his drop and looks natural keeping his feet under him and quickly changing directions. He reads and reacts quickly to the play and possesses the burst to instantly close on the ball. He's a tackling machine who wraps up well on contact and takes proper angles toward the play. Bowman showcases better than anticipated base strength but lacks the length and/or upper body strength to quickly disengage from blocks on contact. He can be washed from plays coming right at him. He isn't the most physical tackler. He's more of a wrap-up guy who will struggle to get into the frame of ball carriers in pursuit.

But he possesses the straight-line speed to make plays sideline to sideline and does a nice job sifting his way through traffic and finding the ball. He's elusive in space and does a nice job reading his run/pass keys, diagnosing the play and slipping blocks in pursuit. Bowman is a gifted athlete who quickly finds the ball and can track plays all over the field. He still needs to continue to add more power/girth to his frame but looks like an eventual starting weak-side linebacker at the next level.

Grade: 6.4

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