Adarius Bowman Scouting Report
|School:||Oklahoma State Cowboys|
|Height & Weight:||6'3 - 223 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Adarius Bowman, WR, Oklahoma State
He's got the size, the hands, the jumping ability, and the breakaway speed - he's Adarius Bowman, 2008 first-round prospect. Bowman caught the nation's attention last season (his first at Oklahoma State), where he caught 60 passes for 1,181 yards and 12 touchdowns -- with the highlight of his year being an amazing 13-catch, 300-yard, four-touchdown day against Kansas. As a result, he was named the Big 12's Newcomer of the Year and was on a number of award watch lists coming into the 2007 season. He was on pace to reach or surpass those big numbers this season (with 61 catches, 932 yards, and seven scores), but a knee sprain kept him out of the Cowboys' last two regular-season games. However, he should be healed in time to play in a bowl game and then showcase his skills for the scouts before draft day. The one potential snag for Bowman is his past. He got off to a promising start at North Carolina (after coming in as one of the nation's top prep prospects), but halfway into his sophomore season he was suspended for a drug-related issue -- resulting in his transfer to OSU. But, as long as he keeps the past in the past, there is no risk and only reward in taking him. Bowman also had vision issues before this season, but after getting corrective surgery, that's behind him as well. Character issues aside, there is a good chance that he could be the first or second receiver taken in the draft, because he projects so well on the next level and stands to be a quick-impact player (a la Dwayne Bowe). The most intriguing thing about Bowman is his still raw talent as a football player and the wealth of potential he has once he hits the NFL. He was an excellent basketball player in high school -- not taking up football until his junior year of high school -- and also played on OSU's hoops team last season. His athletic ability from the court has translated well to the gridiron. There may be some who worry that he could turn out like the last Oklahoma St. receiver to be drafted in the first round, Rashaun Woods, who had a lot of hype and little return and the one before him, Hart Lee Dykes, whose promising career was cut short by injuries. But, with the talent and potential that Bowman has, he should quickly wind up a more successful pro than those two and be a terror for defensive backs for years to come. Update (1/30/08): Bowman had struggles with route-running and drops during Senior Bowl practice and in Saturday's game had a big drop of a potential touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in the North's 17-16 loss to the South. He did have two catches for 22 yards, but according to many experts (including Scout.com's Chris Steuber), Bowman's stock fell last week. Bowman has time to move up and there's no doubt he has the skills to make a big impact in the NFL, but according to Steuber, he has to become more focused and run cleaner routes to become an elite receiver. Update (2/26/08): After a disappointing Senior Bowl week, Bowman's stock looks to have slid even further after a poor time in his 40-yard dash run at the combine. Bowman's speed isn't his speciality as it is, but had he run in the 4.5 range, it would have redeemed him a little. However, his best was timed near a 4.7, which isn't what he needed. Bowman didn't run any of the other drills, as he was reportedly suffering some adverse effects from laser eye surgery. There's no doubt about his physical tools and potential and that's what will likely see him not fall too, too far. He's still a first-day pick in all likelihood, but he's not the first-round prospect that he was not too long ago. Update (3/12/08): At Oklahoma State's Pro Day on Wednesday, Bowman had a chance at redemption after running a 4.7 40 at the combine last month; instead of improving his 40 time, he actually ran a little slower (4.76, after a 4.74 in Indy). However, despite the slow 40 time, in an article on Sportingnews.com, Bowman said he felt like he had a great day. "I feel like today, I got to kind of show what I'm better at, running routes, catching the ball, getting up the field," Bowman said. So, where will he end up in the draft? He could end up in the first couple of rounds, but he could very well fall into the second day. Update (4/12/08): Bowman was arrested on the 1st near his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and charged with simple possession of marijuana. Given that his draft stock had been in free fall even before the arrest, the timing of the arrest, and that an issue with marijuana resulted in his dismissal from North Carolina in 2004, it's very possible Bowman might have dropped all the way to a late-rounder. Though given his impressive natural physical skills and his potential, he may well not fall that far.
Last Updated Apr-12-2008 by Joel Welser
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