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    Alvin Bowen

    I think that this guy has a very bright future in the NFL. The league needs linebackers, especially with teams going to just three down lineman and 4 lbs. Linebackers need to be able to rush the passer, and drop back into coverage without being a liability.

    From watching Bowen this year, he is a playmaker that should do well playing on Sundays. He may be slightly undersized, but the guy is a playmaker and in the new NFL going sideline to sideline is important.

    We all know what he did in the East West Shrine game, but here is a link that talks about him. Also, Rubin is mentioned.

    NFL draft prospect watch - NFL - Yahoo! Sports


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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    I think Ace has his work cut out for him. I don't think he'll ever see LB at the NFL level, but I think he could be a special teams "hitman".

    I think Rubin has a good chance given his size and speed to make a roster and have a decent career.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    I think he will be better served as more of a safety hybrid type, like a Roy Williams or Bob Sanders, not saying as good just saying same type of player.

    It will be interesting to see where teams will put him. He could be a pretty good special teams player too.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    The article above is also worth posting pieces of as it talks about McAnderson and Keller. Too slow for one and bad throwing motion for the other.


    Iowa State defensive tackle Athyba Rubin was rated among my top five defensive tackles last month, and the massive space-eater did nothing to dispute earlier findings as he won most of his one-on-one battles and bull-rushed his way into creating havoc on the interior linemen he faced.
    Iowa State linebacker Alvin Bowen showed very good range and got to the ball quickly all week. He capped his fine performance with an interception returned for a touchdown in the game. Can over-pursue at times, but takes the right angle to the ball and flies in to make tackles, which earned him high praise from the coaching staff.
    Kansas fullback Brandon McAnderson was back fulltime at fullback after playing halfback this season. He is not a great lead blocker, but scouts feel he lacks the speed to be an every-down back.
    Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller struggled with his accuracy and downfield passing, both of which stemmed from a throwing style that needs some adjusting for him to make it at the next level. He seemed to be pushing the ball more like a shot put rather than having smooth follow-through. Overall, the quarterback play had many commenting how the top-tier of this year's QB class is strong, but afterward a number of prospects are vying to be considered in the mid to late rounds.


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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    I wish Alvin the best, but I see him as a safety type as well in the NFL. My real question is whether he has the coverage skills to make it at that position.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    The NFL is kinda changing with more teams goin to a 3-4 which gives undersized DEs a great opportunity but kinda hurts the undersized LB. Ace was undersized in college and will be very much so in the pros but I think he makes it as a special teams "ace"

    That or he moves to SS, I don't know how good his coverage skills are but his overaggressiveness may hurt him here. Yet I know there has been some college linebackers who've successively made the switch, including a couple of Sun Devils in Darren Woodson and Adam Archuleta. Hell, Mike Furrey even started at S for a year with the Rams.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    I think Ace would kill it at the either strong side or free Safety in the NFL.

    He'd be like a Brian Dawkins or a John Lynch with better range.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    There will be challenges for Bowen at the next level, no doubt. He seems like the type of guy who is always around the ball making a play. He may have a chance to play safety, but I think that he would really struggle in pass coverage.

    Do you think that an NFL training program could do enough for this guy to make him an every down linebacker? There is something to work with there, just maybe not the prototypical size.


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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    Quote Originally Posted by DCrawf20 View Post
    I think Ace would kill it at the either strong side or free Safety in the NFL.

    He'd be like a Brian Dawkins or a John Lynch with better range.
    I like your Sig. I see your from Linn Mar. So what is the status on Gibbs, how bad is hurt?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypwr View Post
    I like your Sig. I see your from Linn Mar. So what is the status on Gibbs, how bad is hurt?
    Grant's out for the season. He had pins put in yesterday.

    On the bright side, I get more playing time!



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    It's interesting that there were no comments at all about the two University of Iowa players who played in the game.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    Quote Originally Posted by DCrawf20 View Post
    I think Ace would kill it at the either strong side or free Safety in the NFL.

    He'd be like a Brian Dawkins or a John Lynch with better range.
    You seriously think Bowen has better range than those two probowl caliber players? I'm not saying he CAN'T play safety, but he would be the slowest starting safety in the NFL right now and I've never thought he defended the pass well at all.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    I agree with Clonesfan...I think if you pursue the ball, are quick and can hit, you'll play in the NFL, at least on special teams. But I think Bowen will play regularly. The guy is flat out good.



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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    The guy will get a chance somewhere to prove that he can be a linebacker. At the very least, he will be a dynamic special teams player.

    Maybe he wanted to play special teams for us so that he could get some experience for the pros. Most first and second year guys have to play special teams if they want to stay in the league.


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    Re: Alvin Bowen

    Quote Originally Posted by isutrevman View Post
    You seriously think Bowen has better range than those two probowl caliber players? I'm not saying he CAN'T play safety, but he would be the slowest starting safety in the NFL right now and I've never thought he defended the pass well at all.
    Than Lynch, YES.

    He is getting so slow, he's still a great player but as the years are going, he is just losing it.

    You better believe he can still lay the hit, but still.



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