Byron Cowart

Maryland
DT

Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
FL
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
298 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.29
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New England
Patriots
Round 5 ‧ Pick 21
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40 Yard Dash
5.16u
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Bench Press
26
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Vertical Jump
30.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
111.0
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20 Yd Shuttle
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Cowart was rated the No. 1 recruit in the country by some outlets in 2015 after earning All-American and Florida Class 6A Player of the Year honors. He could not get on the field regularly at Auburn (12 tackles, 1.5 for loss, in 23 games over two years as a reserve); he felt that was primarily because the coach who recruited him, Will Muschamp, left for South Carolina. His mother was also having health issues, so he left the Tigers in September and enrolled at Hillsborough Community College near his home in the Tampa area. Maryland won the second recruiting battle for his services, and he played well enough in 2018 to be named an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer. Cowart started all 12 games for the Terps, posting 38 tackles, five for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Willie Henry
Overview
Former five-star prospect who flopped at Auburn but showed signs of life this season at Maryland. Cowart posted modest production, but scouts will take note of his size, length and power at the point of attack. He is more likely to be considered an interior defender with some rush potential in odd or even fronts, but he needs to turn the flashes into consistency to become a reliable rotational defender.
Strengths
  • Possesses NFL size and length
  • Measured in with 34-inch arms
  • Offers position flexibility in odd or even fronts
  • Works under opponent's pads
  • Controlled point of attack and set strong edge against Isaiah Prince
  • Stacks to peek from edge to edge
  • Gets rid of blocks when needed
  • Flashes fight to battle back after losing early phase of rep
  • Bull-rush potential
  • Flashes hand quickness for inside rush
  • Maintains low pad level on most jump-swims inside
  • Good secondary rush effort.
Weaknesses
  • Underachiever for much of his college career
  • Slow off the snap and reached on play-side too easily
  • Plays with inconsistent pad level
  • Needs more funk in initial pop into engagement
  • Tight in hips and below-average athlete for the edge
  • Too quick to back-door zone blocks
  • Slow change of direction and open-field movements
  • Needs to play under control
  • Below-average burst to tackle from backside
  • Multiple personal foul penalties
  • Lacks get-off burst as edge rusher
  • Rarely stacks moves together as rusher
Sources Tell Us

"After he left Auburn, they didn't have a lot of nice things to say about him, but that's not unusual when a player leaves a program. He can't fall back on a bunch of production so the Senior Bowl and Combine interviews are going to be really important." -- National scout for NFC team

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GRADE
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