Meet The Prospect: Tyus Bowser

In a draft class loaded with pass rushers, Houston’s Tyus Bowser could be the best one no one is talking about.

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School: Houston  Ht: 6-3   Wt: 247

Strengths

Bowser is a ripped-up, chiseled athlete with long arms and broad shoulders. Uses frame to keep space between him and the blocker, able to disengage easier because of it. He has a versatile skill-set, high level of experience dropping into coverage, and routinely showed explosion out of a 2-point stance. Does well in zone coverage. He’s asked to spot drop mostly, but experience walling and rerouting receivers and competent doing so. Bowser shows fluidity in his movements in both pass rush and pass coverage. He is a high-motor player who doesn’t rest on the laurels of his natural ability. He has an above average punch and uses his length to win the POA against the run. His experience as a former basketball player shows up in his movement skills and footwork.

Weaknesses

Bowser is raw, having only fully-focused on football for two years. He’s a bit undersized and may have maxed out his bulk. He has one go-to move as a pass rusher, but very little in terms of counters. His hand usage is non-existent at times, but shows the ability to improve that skill. He doesn’t show much push in his speed-to-power or bull rush, as he has a tendency to often plant off the wrong foot. Only had one season of high-production as a pass rusher.


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Overall

Tyus Bowser was a dual-sport athlete during his first 2 years at Houston, also suiting up for the Cougar basketball team. He totaled 8 sacks in just 8 games as a senior, missing the beginning of the season to orbital bone suffered during a fight with a teammate. Bowser is a curious case. Difficult to get a read on his pass-rush ability because he was used like an actual NFL linebacker in college. Bowser probably dropped into coverage more than any other pass rusher in this year’s class. He’s not an athletic marvel, like Von Miller, but he’s high-level. With his movement skills and comfort in space, Bowser will be intriguing to teams with diverse schemes in search of a high-potential edge rusher.


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Draft Position

Early Round 2

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