Navorro Bowman  LB  Penn St   

TALENT BOARD

 Round 5


 

STRENGTHS

Navorro looks good in his uniform when he is on the field.  He has decent speed and looks like he might be able to change directions if he moved more often.  Navorro's white uniform looks the same from the beginning of the game until the end...white.  He is adept at not getting any smudges or green spots on his uniform all during the game.  Navorro played for a college team that is very smart in marketing its players for the draft every year.  He does an excellent job running a play down and watching a teammate tackle the player he is running down.  All of these factors should be taken into consideration when you profile a player like Navorro.

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Although Navarro looks good in his uniform, he does not play well in his uniform.  He shows no interest in tackling anyone, which might be a bit of a negative when evaluating a LB.  He shows no interest in taking on a block so that others can make a tackle.  He likes to defend against the pass in zone coverage, but that nasty tackling problem rears it ugly head once the player he is covering catches a pass.  To simplify things -- Navorro looks the part of a college LB, but does not play the part of a college LB.  Therefore, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that he will not play that part any better at the next level either.

    

BOTTOM LINE

Maybe Navorro will wow them at the combine and make it into the top 100, but I pity the team that drafts him that high.  The smartest thing that Navorro can do is what Aaron Maybin (DE/OLB Bills) did last year.  Don't work out, leak that you gained weight, leak that you are faster than you are, don't sign your contract until the team that drafts you is desperate and after training camp is almost over.  Then, come into camp out of football shape happy and live for the rest of your life as a person who fooled everyone in the draft... but me.   Oh yeah, and burn all the tapes of every game you have played in.  Don't worry about me, I will beat my head against the wall and poke my eye out with a stick and scream at the team that drafted you, but I will survive.  I will turn the page and move on with one word on my lips to the team that drafts you in the top 100, "SUCKER!"

 

Drew Boylhart  1/10