PFF scouting report: Tyus Bowser, Edge, Houston
Name: Tyus Bowser
Position fit: 3-4 or 4-3 outside linebacker
Stats to know: Collected seven sacks in 2016 despite rushing the passer only 173 times (most full-time edge players are 350-plus).
What he does best:
- Extremely athletic. Change of direction and explosiveness all off the charts.
- Flashes bend around the edge. When offensive tackles don’t get a clean punch on him, he’s already around them on the outside.
- Closing ability on quarterbacks is fantastic. Will convert pressures into sacks at a higher rate than most.
- Superb agility for his size. Can cross the face of an offensive tackle without them even getting a hand on him.
- Had a strong showing as a pass-rusher during the week of Senior Bowl practice.
- High percentage of his pressures came in clean-up/pursuit situations. Doesn’t give up on plays.
- Lacks physicality. Shies away from contact at times. Doesn’t seem to relish delivering a blow.
- Always a step behind reaction wise. Whether it’s his first step at the snap or reading a run, he doesn’t seem to have an innate feel for either.
- Likely a designated pass-rusher if utilized off the edge.
- Balance in the open field is suspect. Never seems to be attacking ball carriers with a purpose.
- Very little power in his hands. Running backs drag him for extra yards and linemen stone him on bull rushes.
- High percentage of his pressures came either unblocked or late in the down. Didn’t have a high percentage of clean, one-on-one wins.
Player comparison: Connor Barwin, Los Angeles Rams
Early in his career Barwin offered little as a pass-rusher. It took him a while to come into his own before he became a true-dual threat as a pass-rusher and coverage 3-4 outside linebacker in Philadelphia. Bowser could one day fill a similar role.
Bottom line: Bowser is about as raw as one could possibly be with four years of major college football under his belt. When he won as a pass-rusher, it was purely because of his athletic advantage. He’ll need to be taught how to take on blocks at the next level and is pure projection at this point.