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  • 4.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 7/8" Arm Length
  • 248LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


One of the most productive players in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2014 (28.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks in 2014), Cowser used strong hands and a great motor to beat tackles again in his senior campaign (19 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles). In fact, he set FCS records for career sacks (42.5) and tackles for loss (80) last season, his second straight season garnering All-American notice from the Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press, and other outlets. Cowser is a bit older than the typical draft prospect because he redshirted at SUU in 2009 before heading to a two-year LDS church mission. Combining that maturity with strength, intensity and production makes for an intriguing prospect.



Has a high­-end motor that never stops. FCS Defensive Player of the Year. Active pass rusher with quick hands and well­timed hand swipes at the top of his rush. Rushes from both ends and has a tight, basketball spin move from either direction that puts him in position to win. Quick second and third steps for darting inside moves. Sheds with proper timing to make the tackle. Studious in classroom and film room.


Funky body type with relatively thin limbs, but broad hips. Play speed masks a lack of twitch and explosiveness. Feet gather and stall before leaving the starting blocks or changing directions. Limited stride length to gain ground as rusher off the line of scrimmage. Unsettled feet at point of attack lead to balance battles. Needs to set edge with a wider base for greater power and control.

NFL Comparison

Zack Wagenmann

Bottom Line

When it comes to production, there is nobody better in FCS history than Cowser who owns the all¬time records in sacks (43) and tackles for loss (80). Cowser's above average hand usage, diversity of attack and relentless motor were the keys to his FCS success, but he has to prove he is athletic enough and strong enough to become a productive NFL starter as a 3-4 outside linebacker. At worse, Cowser is a backup and special teams ace.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.