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Patriots.com Draft Profile: DT Byron Cowart

Everything you need to know about new Patriots DT Byron Cowart, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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Round 5, Pick No. 21 (159 overall): Byron Cowart, DT, Maryland

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

STRENGTHS

Prototypical physique and strength for his position; decent ability to shed blocks; battles back from adverse situations on the field.

WEAKNESSES

Inconsistent technique; plays too slowly and stiffly at times; a knack for accruing personal fouls.

PERSONAL

Rated No. 1 prep recruit in the U.S. by some scouting outlets in 2015. Began college career at Auburn.

COMPARABLE NFL PLAYER

Willie Henry, DT, Baltimore Ravens: A stout, though mostly backup defender on the interior.

BY THE NUMBERS

Defense

Table inside Article
YEARGPTACK (SOLO)SACKS/YDS.TFL/YDS.PDFFINT.
*2015136 (4)0/00/0000
*2016106 (6)0/00/0000
20181136 (16)3.0/225.0/22212

*- First two seasons at Auburn; sat out 2017 season while enrolled at Hillsborough Community College

WORKOUT NUMBERS

Table inside Article
COWARTCOMBINE AVG. FOR POS.
Height6-36-3
Weight298296
40 Yards5.165.04
Vertical Jump3030.5
Long Jump111111
ShuttleDNP7.56
ConeDNP4.54

DNP = Did Not Participate

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Cowart was a highly sought after recruit who had a disappointing college career until his senior season at Maryland, when he flashed a bit because of his first step. He doesn’t have pass-rushing moves and can get washed out against the run. CBS Sports

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