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Navorro Bowman (LB)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    242 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 7/8 in.
  • College:
    Penn St.
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: San Francisco 49ers
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 27 (91)
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Pick Analysis: The 49ers continue to add good players with the pick of Navorro Bowman. Although he fell down draft boards due to some off-field concerns, his outstanding talent and instincts give him a chance to emerge as an impact player in San Francisco under Mike Singletary's tutelage.

Overview

Bowman is an average sized linebacker with good athleticism. He has had some durability problems in the past and this may be a concern at the next level. Bowman is a tough, competitive player that has good range inside out to the ball. He is most effective when covered up utilizing his speed and quickness to get to the pile. Bowman doesn’t separate well from larger blockers and gets smothered too often. He is quick to react and shows natural instincts as plays unfold. Bowman is a solid coverage defender and reads route progressions well. Bowman is a good football player that is limited due to lack of size and with some off the field issues as well as durability concerns, his draft status is likely to fall.


Strengths

Bowman possesses great athleticism for a 4-3 outside linebacker. Exhibits great effort and toughness and isn’t afraid to stick his head in on run support. Has been a highly productive performer. Displays natural instincts when diagnosing against the run or dropping into coverage. Has tremendous range and is a real sideline-to-sideline player who is also a terrific open field tackler.

Weaknesses

Durability is a bit of a concern. Has a somewhat slight frame for a linebacker. There are character questions surrounding Bowman from a few incidents in college. Only has average size and average strength. His ability to take on and shed blockers is in question. Can play over-aggressive at times.

Grade

7.9

 

Video Playlist

  • First Draft: Navorro Bowman

    Published: March 30, 2010 at 03:23 p.m.

    Penn State LB Navorro Bowman talks about his football memories and style of play as he prepares for the 2010 NFL Draft.

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