Tashawn Bower started only seven of 40 games during his four years at LSU. The material is there for NFL teams, but the potential is untapped.
High-motor defender who chases ball carriers across the field. Played in a 3-4 and a 4-3 defense at LSU, therefore has familiarity with multiple positions; 3 technique, standing up linebacker, down in a 5-man front. Could play as a wide seven technique or move inside on passing downs at the next level as he has the desired NFL measurables.
Moves quickly in space and is relatively quick off the line of scrimmage. Showcases power against tight ends and the ability to power through offensive lineman or skate around them while rushing the quarterback.
Classic tweener and his lack of production at the collegiate level is a huge concern. Three of his 5.5 LSU sacks came in the 29-9 Citrus Bowl victory against Louisville.
Not a quick twitch athlete and despite his experience as an outside linebacker I do not think he has the athleticism required for the position. Still developing as a pass rusher, needs to fine-tune his arsenal and the use of his hands. Struggles to disengage once lineman gets their hands on him.
Lack awareness and is undisciplined against the run. Doesn’t always seal the edge and will bite inside on fakes allowing the running back to break outside. Either halted in his tracks or pushed backward by lineman in the running game, never seems to win at the point of attack.
Projection: Round 7 – UDFA
A ‘developmental prospect’, Bower will undoubtedly have to work his way onto an NFL roster this summer. His ceiling is high and he projects as a rotational pass-rusher/special teamer in year one, but he has a long way to go if he is to replicate the success of former late round pass rushers such as Rob Ninkovich.