Tyus Bowser- OLB Houston

6-3, 247, 6.75 3-Cone! (O) 4.65! 

SS 4.38, 33 1/4" Arm, 21 Reps, 

37.5" Vert! 10'7" Broad!

Day Two Rusher: Part VII. 

By TOM

You have to think that the success of Roberts last year helps him a lot. He was a basketball player. He has a ton of versatility to play off the line. He is great in coverage, and can run with the TE and WR, which is more and more important each year. He improved on his second time in the Forty. He can really move. Nice feet moving in L-drill. Nice hips.

Runs past the QB too much, but he has elite COD to turn back up field and fly after the QB. He chased down the Heisman QB from behind, after he ran past him. That is not an easy thing to do. Nice job shadowing the RB as he snuck out of the backfield. Great quick feet moving backwards in coverage. He can blitz to the QB, get shoved down by the OLT, and then jump up and hit the QB. 

He is an elite quick twitch athlete. He just moves faster than everyone else on the field. Elite lateral quicks. He is better at blitzing inside than outside sometimes. He ends up the ground a lot. He has to get stronger. He has to play lower. He has to play in better balance.

"He's got all the athletic traits and explosiveness, and none of the consistency of production you wan," Bowser said. "I still think you are kind of gambling on him if you take him too high but it's going to be really hard to pass on the athlete after what he's done this postseason."

Career: Closed out his career ranked seventh on the Houston career sacks lists with 21.5, part of his 27.5 career tackles for loss and 136 tackles. He started 23 games in his career with action in 48 games total. He also had eight pass breakups, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his four-year career at UH.

Good sized LB. He made a lot of plays at Houston. He showed he could rush the passer. Then he played off the line LB at Houston. "Heard about him late from the scout who does that area," a GM said at the Senior Bowl. "Man, he was a dude at the weigh-in. Impressive looking. I've been watching him out here [in the practices], and he is really athletic and really quick off the snap in these one-on-ones. If I had to guess a round without watching tape, I would say third based on what I've seen out here." He moves backwards in coverage as smooth as any 3-4 OLB in this Draft. 

He lined up as an OLB. Of the top six Day Three rushers, he is the purest 3-4 OLB. Because he has a ton of experience dropping in coverage. There are not a lot of quick twitch guys who can move around the field like this kid.

He is a guy who I think could play a Jamie Collins like off the ball linebacker. He is very twitchy and fast like Collins going up the middle. He burst up field with speed and quickness more than bends the edge. He is explosive to the QB but a little straight linish. He doesn't always look like he knows what he is doing on the field. 

He played OLB only. But he did switch sides a lot. He can rush like a top OLB sometimes, and cover like a safety down the seam. He drops so much that sometimes he gets a free ride to the QB sometimes. When he gets low he can hold the double team at the point.  

He needs to get stronger. He will get knocked clean off his feet sometimes. He is amazingly light on his feet. I love the way he moves in coverage. Great feet sliding laterally down the seam. He is so quick in coverage. He can shut down a tight end running down the Seam. Nice hips turning and running in coverage while turning back and looking at the QB. 

Additional Notes:

Senior Bowl: He has some CC. Got in a fight with a teammate and suspended three games "Yesterday, during our weekly tradition of family Fridays, where we go out on the field and play some silly games just to loosen the thing up, dodge ball, whiffle ball, two-hand touch football, the two got over competitive and things briefly got out of hand during one of the games and resulted in a scuffle between Tyus and Matt, two brothers," Houston HC Tom Herman said. "It was a freak accident and the result of the scuffle was a broken bone for Tyus. It will keep him out of the lineup for a few weeks. Our culture is one of love and the two are very close, remain very close and definitely consider [themselves] brothers. They're both very remorseful for what happened in yesterday's incident. Matt was held out of tonight's game as a result, but he will return next week." He missed five game because he broke his eye bone in the fight.

Good sized LB. He made a lot of plays at Houston. He showed he could rush the passer at Senor Bowl. He played off the line LB at Houston. He was doing passrush drills at Combine with the DLs. Great quicks and explosion in rush. Needs to get stronger. But there are not a lot of guys who can move like him on the field. He has unbelievable suddenness changing direction. Which he needs, because he is a converted basketball player who take a lot of false steps, and doesn't always look like he knows what he is doing on the field. He is an improving passrusher who seemed to get better every year. He looked like a legit 3-4 OLB last season, and he had 8.5 Sacks in only Eight games! This guy is on the rise, and could slip into Day One (okay, I might be a little over exited there). 

Combine: Terrific speed. He looks like an OLB, not a DE. But I think he can OLB in a 3-4 or a 4-3. He plays with great explosion on the field. Unbelievable 3-cone! He slipped in the 3-Cone and still got a CB's time. Smooth laterally quicks. Elite quick feet in bag drill. He has a lot of experience in coverage. Nice feet and balance moving backwards. Nice quick hands, looked like he might have some heaviness. Nice sudden burst to the left. Very nice hips moving backwards in pass pro drills. He has some snap in his hips twisting them all the way around. He can catch the ball thrown at him. Man, he can really move on the field. He will slip and trip on the field sometimes. 

2016: Started all eight games he saw action in ... missed five games due to a fractured orbital bone ... finished second on the team with 12 tackles for loss, a number that ranked ninth in The American ... third in The American and tied for the team lead with 8.5 sacks ... returned to action vs. Tulane (Nov. 12) after missing five games ... had six tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry at Memphis (Nov. 25) ... had five tackles, a sack and tackle for a loss of 13 yards, two breakups and four quarterback hurries in a home win vs. No. 3 Louisville (Nov. 17) ... led the Cougars with 11 tackles, three sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries in a home win over Tulane ... had one tackle and one quarterback hurry in a road win at Texas State (Sept. 24) ... tallied seven tackles with one sack for a loss of two yards and 1.5 tackles for loss in a road win at Cincinnati (Sept. 15) ... had six tackles and 2.5 for loss, while tallying 1.5 sacks for a loss of 10 yards in a win over Lamar (Sept. 10) ... recorded four tackles and a sack for a loss of eight yards, while forcing a fumble in a win over No. 3 Oklahoma (Sept. 3).

Bowser Vs Cincinati:

He lined up at OLB. He was a little slow to react, and slid over in front of the RB (:01). You get a good look at his pedal in the zone drop (:07). Here he was moving laterally to zone the flat (:14). He moved inside to cover the RB. He saw the RB stay in to block, and turned to the QB (:22). Then he leaped up and knocked the ball down.

He has great quicks on the edge. Watch how he smashed the arms down of the OL, and the dynamic rip inside (:30). He read the QBs eyes, and adjusted his pedal (:40). He jolted the ORT back with his heavy hands (:55). He played with some twitch and speed. He ran around the OLT like like a road runner by a cactus (1:11). But then he ended up trapped behind the QB.

Watch the agility as he swiveled backwards in coverage on the TE. That was great coverage (1:23). This was just great. This was why he reminded me of Jamie Collins. He came out of coverage and blitzed. Watch how fast he adjusted to the pass and tackled the RB (1:32). Very quick and agile in space. Watch the quick spin (1:54). However, he needs to get strong. That spin was stuffed too easily.

He is so smooth moving back in coverage (2:04). He slid inside and tackled the RB in the endzone. That looked like a Safety to me (2:12). He dropped into coverage more than any other edgerusher in this Draft. A lot of DCs will find that attractive (2:31). He did a good job at first. But tripped a little as he tried to turn. His man caught the ball, but watch the recovery speed, and the heavy hit out of bounds.

If he didn't win quickly, he tended to get stuck on the blocker (2:51). He can play with his arms extended. He grabbed the blocker by the shoulders and kept himself in front of the RB (3:11). He was so quick in the rush. He broke inside and essentially made the blocker miss in a phone booth (3:31). This is a good an example of why I like him as an inside blitzer like Jamie Collins. You can't tell that you didn't see Collins there.

He started to turn the corner, but ran into traffic with his own teammate (3:44). He was so smooth twisting inside. He was such a light athlete on his feet. It was remarkable (3:58). He put some speed to power. Shed, and broke inside nicely (4:20). Watch the quick feet and burst as he came out of his pedal when he thought the QB was going to throw it to the RB (4:28). He could be an off the ball linebacker. Though his value is on the edge.

Bowser Vs Cincinati:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN4RnkI4N_0

Bowser Bio:

• 2017 Senior Bowl Invitee
• East-West Shrine Game Invitee
• 2016 Phil Steele’s AAC Second Team
• 2016 American Athletic Conference Second Team
• American Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 14, 2016)
• 2016 Butkus Award Watch List
• 2016 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC Fourth Team

Career: Closed out his career ranked seventh on the Houston career sacks lists with 21.5, part of his 27.5 career tackles for loss and 136 tackles. He started 23 games in his career with action in 48 games total. He also had eight pass breakups, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his four-year career at UH.

2016: Started all eight games he saw action in ... missed five games due to a fractured orbital bone ... finished second on the team with 12 tackles for loss, a number that ranked ninth in The American ... third in The American and tied for the team lead with 8.5 sacks ... returned to action vs. Tulane (Nov. 12) after missing five games ... had six tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry at Memphis (Nov. 25) ... had five tackles, a sack and tackle for a loss of 13 yards, two breakups and four quarterback hurries in a home win vs. No. 3 Louisville (Nov. 17) ... led the Cougars with 11 tackles, three sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries in a home win over Tulane ... had one tackle and one quarterback hurry in a road win at Texas State (Sept. 24) ... tallied seven tackles with one sack for a loss of two yards and 1.5 tackles for loss in a road win at Cincinnati (Sept. 15) ... had six tackles and 2.5 for loss, while tallying 1.5 sacks for a loss of 10 yards in a win over Lamar (Sept. 10) ... recorded four tackles and a sack for a loss of eight yards, while forcing a fumble in a win over No. 3 Oklahoma (Sept. 3).

2015: Started 13 games at outside linebacker ... seventh on the team with 50 tackles ... fourth on the team and 10th in The American with 5.5 sacks ... assisted on a sack to go along with three tackles in Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Florida State ... collected his second-career interception in the American Athletic Conference Championship game against Temple ... had two tackles and a half sack in win over Navy ... tallied nine tackles, a 0.5 tackle for loss, one PBU and two QBH in win over Memphis ... had six tackles, a half tackle for a loss of two yards, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in win over Cincinnati ... totaled three tackles and a sack for a loss of nine yards in the shutout win over Vanderbilt ... tallied first career fumble recovery, a sack for a loss of six yards, four tackles and a quarterback hurry in win over SMU ... had six tackles and a forced fumble in win at Tulsa ... notched his fifth-straight game (from 2014) with a sack after tallying one along with seven tackles, a PBU, and a tackle for a loss of seven yards in win over Texas State ... recorded a sack for a loss of eight yards in a win at Louisville ... had a sack for a loss of nine yards to go along with three tackles in season opener.

2014: Appeared in all 13 games in 2014 for the Cougars, making one start in a win over Grambling ... registered 13 total tackles and 3.5 for a loss of 12 yards ... registered one tackle, a sack for a loss of two yards in Houston’s Armed Forces Bowl victory ... had two tackles, including one for a loss of four yards on a sack at Cincinnati ... recorded first sack of the year for a loss of six yards at BYU ... had three tackles, one of which was solo and combined for a tackle for loss in the 2014 season opener vs. UTSA. 

2013: Part of the rush defensive end rotation for Houston ... played in all 13 games with a start at UTSA ... led all freshmen in The American Athletic Conference and was second on the team with 4.5 sacks for a loss of 35 yards ... the 4.5 sacks ranked third all-time at Houston among freshmen ... led Houston with 11 quarterback hurries ... fourth among defensive linemen on the team with 26 tackles ... best game of the season came against Rice when he finished with seven tackles, two sacks, one interception for a return of six yards and four quarterback hurries ... forced a decisive fourth-quarter fumble with an eight-yard sack against USF that was recovered by teammate Jeremiah Farley ... also had sacks against Memphis and BYU ... had pass breakups vs. Memphis and Louisville.

Tyus Bowser's Career Bests
Tackles: 11, Tulane (2016)
Tackles for Loss: 3.5, Tulane (2016)
Sacks: 3.0, Tulane (2016)
Interceptions: 1, Rice (2013)
Forced Fumbles: 1, 3x, last vs. Oklahoma (2016)
PBU: 2, twice, last vs. Louisville (2016)
QBU: 4, Louisville (2016).

DEFENSE G SOLO ASST. TOTAL SACKS/YDS TFL/YARDS FF FR P DEF INT/YDS
2013 13 11 15 26 4.5 / 35 5.5 / 38 1 -- 2 1 / 6
2014 13 5 8 13 3 / 12 3.5 / 12 -- -- -- --
2015 14 27 23 50 5.5 / 41 6.5 / 43 1 2 3 1 / 8
2016 8 27 20 47 8.5 / 56 12 / 64 1 -- 3 --
TOTAL 48 70 66 136 21.5 / 144 27.5 / 157 3 2 8 2 / 14

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