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Patriots.com Draft Profile: DT Byron Cowart

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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
YEAR GP TACK (SOLO) SACKS/YDS. TFL/YDS. PD FF INT.
*2015 13 6 (4) 0/0 0/0 0 0 0
*2016 10 6 (6) 0/0 0/0 0 0 0
2018 11 36 (16) 3.0/22 5.0/22 2 1 2

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

WORKOUT NUMBERS

Table inside Article
COWART COMBINE AVG. FOR POS.
Height 6-3 6-3
Weight 298 296
40 Yards 5.16 5.04
Vertical Jump 30 30.5
Long Jump 111 111
Shuttle DNP 7.56
Cone DNP 4.54

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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