Friday, March 5, 2010
Big Ten rankings: Navorro Bowman, No. 6
By ESPN.com staff
The Big Ten postseason player rankings, based on past performance and future potential, continue with ...
Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State, Jr., 6-1, 232
Preseason rank: 6
Why he's here: Few linebackers in the country put together back-to-back seasons like Bowman, who earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors in both 2008 and 2009. He recorded a whopping 33.5 tackles for loss in those two seasons and added two receptions and two fumble recoveries this fall. After battling a groin injury during a scrimmage in preseason camp, Bowman quickly returned to form against Iowa with 13 tackles (3 for loss). He recorded multiple tackles for loss in six games and scored two touchdowns on returns.
Not surprisingly, Bowman skipped his senior season and opted to enter the NFL draft, where he's projected to go in the late first or early second round. Despite an average 40 time (4.72 seconds) at the NFL combine, Bowman impressed the scouts and with his pass-coverage skills. Bowman went through a lot both on and off the field at Penn State, and he has really grown up during the last eight months. He should make a very good pro after adding to Penn State's storied linebacker tradition.