Top 10 Sleeper Edge Defender Fits For The Bears
8.) James Cowser– Southern Utah
James Cowser is an Edge prospect who is a little older than your typical rookie since he red-shirted due to a 2-year Mormon mission stint. So he’s mature and seasoned. Of course there is a bit of development for him which is why he’s on this list. He comes from a small school which in itself requires him to catch up to the game with NFL talent across from him on the gridiron.
He was very productive at Southern Utah. This from his draft profile page on NFL.com.
"One of the most productive players in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2014 (28.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks in 2014), Cowser used strong hands and a great motor to beat tackles again in his senior campaign (19 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles). In fact, he set FCS records for career sacks (42.5) and tackles for loss (80) last season, his second straight season garnering All-American notice from the Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press, and other outlets."
Cowder has good size but apparently has a weird body type, or as lane Zeirlien put it, “Funky body type with relatively thin limbs, but broad hips.” Despite that little tid bit Cowser posted some good measureables at the combine. His lateral movement showed well as he was the top three cone performer from his position group at the combine. Plays fast and shows good analytical on the fly skills as he diagnoses both the run and pass well. Has big strong hands and knows how to use them. Will make a roster based on his special teams play, and may win over his coaches enough to eventually play an important role as a rotational OLB, and eventually a possible core starter.
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