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Combine Results

5.29 ?
  • 4.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.77 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 250LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands



Long-levered edge man with good muscular development. Has frame for additional weight if needed. Transition from 4-3 to 3-4 defense this season seemed to suit him. Light appears to be coming on for him. Uses length to stab tight ends and take control of the edge. Adequate lower body power to battle against tackles. Flashes a serviceable burst out of his stance and into his rush. Has a rarely used inside spin counter that has some potential if developed. Foot quickness gives him a shot as interior rusher in sub packages. Fluid and athletic in space. Showed ability to match up in space against Wisconsin to start the season.


Made just seven starts over his four seasons. Saw limited reps as a pass rusher resulting in limited rush production. Three of his 5.5 sacks came in his final game in the Citrus Bowl against Louisville. Raw as a pass rusher. Needs to learn how to use hands and length to pry open the edge. Will gear down rather than explode around the edge when being redirected. Would benefit from playing faster more consistently. Scouts concerned about strength to leverage his gap. Focuses on being physical over being explosive.

Sources Tell Us

"He's long and athletic but he's not very strong. He's a developmental type who you hope can be unlocked by your position coach." -- NFC National Scout

Bottom Line

Developmental prospect with intriguing size and length. Bower's physical and athletic traits could make him a target for both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, but he will need to prove he can find the quarterback more consistently if he wants to earn reps in the league. Bower was stuck behind a talented defensive front, but he flashes often enough to believe that he could develop into a better pro than college player.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster