2015 NFL DRAFT
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John Bowie

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 188 | College: Cincinnati
 
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Overview

Bowie was a pleasant surprise for the Bearcats in 2006, taking over strong-side cornerback duties as a senior after seeing limited playing time his first three years due to a series of injuries. One of the fastest defenders in the Big East Conference, he was a two-sport participant for the Bearcats, as he also competed in track. He won the conference title in the 100-meters in 2006 and anchored the conference championship 4x100 meter relay team.

Bowie was a second-team All-State choice by the Associated Press as a senior at Northland High. The two-way starter compiled 628 all-purpose yards on offense and 24 tackles and eight pass break-ups on defense as a senior, adding first-team All-City and all-District honors.

He was a special mention All-City honoree as a junior, making 39 tackles with six interceptions and 350 return yards. He competed in three events in track, owning personal bests of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meters, 21.6 in the 200-meters and 48.6 in the 400-meters. Bowie anchored the 400-meter relay team for Ohio that won the title at the Midwest Meet of Champions. He finished third in the 100-meters and fourth in the 200 at the state championships as a senior and also lettered in basketball.

Bowie enrolled at Cincinnati in 2002, but was granted a medical hardship due to a hip injury. He played in the final eight games of the 2003 season, posting three tackles with a forced fumble on special teams. A right knee injury in the preseason relegated Bowie to limited playing time on special teams in 10 games in 2004. He registered nine tackles (eight solos).

As a junior in 2005, a left shoulder injury would sideline him after just two games, as he made six solo tackles. He took over strong-side cornerback duties in 2006, coming up with 38 tackles (24 solos), 2.5 stops for losses and two interceptions, returning one for a score. He also recovered a fumble and deflected four passes.

In 33 games at Cincinnati, Bowie started 12 contests. He recorded 56 tackles (41 solos) with 2.5 stops for minus-nine yards and recovered a fumble that he advanced 24 yards … Intercepted two passes for 49 yards in returns with a touchdown … Deflected four passes.

Analysis

Positives: Tight-muscled pass defender with excellent timed speed … Well-proportioned athlete with thick calves and minimal body fat … Shows good burst and explosion closing on the ball … Willing tackler in run support … Does a fine job of staying with the receivers tight, using his hands effectively to jam the opponent at the line … Shows no hesitation when closing on the ball … Sharp cutting in and out of his breaks … Turns his hips properly and maintains acceleration coming out of his backpedal … Can stop and drive with good velocity … Has the deep acceleration needed to recover … Has a good feel for the zone, displaying the range to find the dividers … Uses his leaping ability very well to keep track of the ball in flight and knows how to get his hands into the receiver's face to block the opponent's view … Stays low in his tackles, displaying excellent leg drive and lower body strength … Physical tackler who can read and recognize plays effectively … Can also handle return duties.

Negatives: Has a long history of injuries that lead to durability concerns … Needs to develop better foot technique as he tends to get up on his heels in his backpedal … Has to work in the weight room to add upper body strength to match his lower body power … Has had a history of right knee problems … Not as fluid in transition as one would like, appearing mechanical in his open-field movements … Good in run support, but must show more aggression attacking the ball in flight.

Compares To: WILL ALLEN-Miami … Bowie has impressive speed, but his injuries have limited his playing time. He has the ability to stay with receivers throughout the route, but needs to be more competitive battling for jump balls. He shows good explosion behind his hits, but is still learning how to anticipate the play better. Until he gets some reps, he at least provides value on special teams.

Career Notes

Bowie competed in track for the first time during his college career in 2006 … In his first event, he won the Big East Conference 2006 100-meter title … Also anchored the winning 4x100 relay team that claimed the league title and qualified for the NCAA Championships.

2006 Season

Bowie started twelve of thirteen games at strong-side cornerback, coming off the bench vs. Rutgers … Recorded 38 tackles (24 solos) with 2.5 stops for losses of 9 yards … Gained 29 yards on a fumble recovery and 49 yards on two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown … Also deflected four passes.

2006 Game Analysis

In his first career start, he responded with six tackles (4 solos) vs. Eastern Kentucky …

Added ten tackles (5 solos) and returned a fumble recovery 24 yards vs. Pittsburgh … Was in on two tackles with a stop for an 8-yard loss, a pass deflection and a 24-yard interception return vs. Miami (Oh.) … Added four tackles and broke up a pass vs. Connecticut … Closed out his career with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown and delivered three tackles vs. Western Michigan in the International Bowl.

2005 Season

The team's nickel back in their first two games, Bowie suffered a left shoulder contusion vs. Penn State that sidelined him for the rest of the year … Finished with six solo tackles … Had four hits vs. Eastern Michigan and two stops vs. Penn State.

2004 Season

Saw action on special teams in ten games, recording nine tackles (8 solos) … Made three tackles in the win over Miami (Ohio).

2003 Season

Played in eight games, mainly on special teams … Recorded three solo tackles … Had two tackles and a forced fumble vs. Louisville.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a defensive back … Was expected to see playing time until suffering a hip injury which sidelined him for the first month of the season … Made the travel team for the New Orleans Bowl.

Injury Report

2002: Granted a medical hardship due to a hip strain.

2004: Suffered a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear in spring drills.

2005: Suffered a left shoulder dislocation vs. Penn State, missing the final nine games.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.37 in the 40-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 10 times … 275-pound bench press … 355-pound squat … 225-pound hang clean … 40-inch vertical jump … 10'6" broad jump … 4.11 20-yard shuttle … 6.79 three-cone drill … 31 3/4-inch arm length … 8 3/4-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 16/22 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Northland (Columbus, Ohio) High School, playing football for head coach Jim Miranda … Second-team All-State choice by the Associated Press as a senior … The two-way starter compiled 628 all-purpose yards on offense and 24 tackles and eight pass break-ups on defense as a senior, adding first-team All-City and all-District honors …

Special mention All-City honoree as a junior, making 39 tackles with six interceptions and 350 return yards … Competed in three events in track, owning personal bests of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meters, 21.6 in the 200-meters and 48.6 in the 400-meters … Anchored the 400-meter relay team for Ohio that won the title at the Midwest Meet of Champions … Finished third in the 100-meters and fourth in the 200 at the state championships as a senior and also lettered in basketball.

Personal

Criminal Justice major … Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Winter 2004, Fall 2004, Winter 2005, Winter 2006) … Son of Benita and John Bowie, Sr … Born 5/11/84 in Columbus, Ohio.

 
 

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