First Step Quickness –He doesn't have a lot of spring out of his stance but he does bring some notable explosion relative to his frame. He's more power than burst. Does not showcase ability to take the edge with speed rush techniques and won't be effective from wide angles.
Hand Technique/Length –He shows some effectiveness in half man attacks to set his inside hand on the breast plate and extend. His shedding techniques are lacking and he doesn't utilize his physical length to open the door for wrist attacks. Hands show good strength when established to yank blockers off their platform.
Pass Rush Counters –He's not especially imaginative and his rush efforts are typically reserved for speed to power conversions, long arming and a rip move. He hasn't begun to scratch the surface of his physical skills and potential but he's lacking feel for this area.
Flexibility –He doesn't offer a lot of lateral tilt, he's going to be a player whose wins are centered around reducing angles with power instead of working around bodies. He needs to get himself lower at the LOS when looking to stack up blocks and protect his anchor.
Run Defending –His natural strength often bails him out and prevents him from getting completely deleted. His shedding skills are lacking and his hand fits often hang him out to try, regulating him to occupying blocks along the line of scrimmage instead of making plays.
Competitive Toughness –He's an absolute brute. Powerhouse player who is stout...when he's set. Doesn't go a great job of consistently attacking with his hands and therefore will give up too much ground at first contact until he's able to re-anchor. Motor isn't exception but when he's feeling he's in the play, he scrapes hard.
Tackling –He's super violent when he gets you into tight quarters and is able to wrap up. His tackle radius is notable and he is able to influence a lot of plays along the line of scrimmage. Like his ability to step down hard and crash the party on interior runs.
Lateral Mobility –He moves well for a big fella. He can get down the line in a hurry when he wants to and his lateral scrapes provide plenty or range off the back side. His short area agility to flash into inside gaps is good but by no means elite, he has enough to may over-setting tackles pay.
Stand Up Ability –Will offer nothing from a 2 pt release. He's more likely to play inside as a 3T than he is to crash off the edge or come down hard, but he'll need refinement in that capacity as well. He's by no means to be played in space or in pass coverage.
Football IQ –Has a long way to go. That isn't to say he's a lost cause, he had a pretty rough go of things in college after a hard initial transition to Auburn. His ceiling is pretty immense but his feel for navigation of blocks and protections leaves him needing a lot of coaching.
BEST TRAIT – Power
WORST TRAIT – Technique
BEST FILM – Temple (2018)
WORST FILM – Texas (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Byron Cowart is an attractive Day 3 target for an NFL franchise. Cowart has the necessary physical skills to play at a high level in the NFL, but is sorely lacking in the technical side of the game that is required to play with consistency. Cowart's journey has involved some personal and family struggle, but he's back on the path and is well worth a late investment.
ROUND GRADE: Seventh Round