NFL Draft Results: Seahawks select OT Michael Bowie in the 7th

Brett Deering

The Seahawks have selected Northwestern State OT Michael Bowie, an Oklahoma State Cowboy transfer after his junior year. Bowie is a large human being - measuring in at 6'5, 330 pounds, and registering a 5.28 40, a 4.84 short shuttle, a 8.06 3-cone and a 7'11 broad at his pro day. He had 19 reps on bench with a 25.5" vert.

Here's what Derek Stephens said about the Seahawks' final pick of the 2013 NFL Draft:

Yes...another small-school prospect, but with big-school experience, as Bowie, prior to arriving at NE Oklahoma State, started 5 games at left tackle for the "real" Oklahoma State, before being dismissed for what coach Gundy called "violation of team rules". He's long, lanky, fluid and possesses some natural pop on contact.

Reminds me of former Seahawk Jarriel King (South Carolina) who boasted some big upside, but couldn't stay out of trouble off the field. I assume Seattle probably looks at Bowie in a similar way - a developmental tackle prospect who may be fit for the Practice Squad initially, with upside to contribute on the roster at some point down the road. Like most of Seattle's day 2 picks, I need to see more tape on Bowie before drawing any significant conclusions about him.

Bowie played on National Champion Jr. College Navarro his sophomore season then transferred to Oklahoma State for his junior year - he started five games protecting Brandon Weeden's blind side and didn't give up a sack - a year in which the Cowboys went to a 12-1 record, a top three national ranking and a victory over Stanford in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. After a violation of team rules and a reprimand, Bowie decided to leave Oklahoma State and finished his career at Northeastern State. At the time, he said, "I had a couple teammates from high school that were at Northeastern State and wanted me to play with them. I'm glad I've been given the opportunity to finish up my last year with a team like NSU. I expect nothing but the best from myself in my final year of college football. I just want to improve my technique, get better with my hands and help my team win games."

Optimum Scouting's Alex Brown - a very thorough evaluator whose opinion I respect, had the following to say about Bowie after his 2011 season with Oklahoma State:

"Bowie has a developed kick slide that is very effective against speed rushers, and works hard to control the midsection of his pass rushing opponent. He read and reacts to pass rushers very well, exhibiting plus hands and balance out of his pass set. He plays with very good balance and bend and utilizes good hand placement and arm length.

However, he must improve his stamina level, be much more sudden with his inside power step, and fire his hands out quicker in pass protection. He also lacks great power or drive in the run game and is not a great second level, in-space blocker."

Pete Carroll said in the post-Draft press conference that they'll start by taking a look at Bowie at right tackle, a position of relative need for the Hawks over the next few seasons as Breno Giacomini hits his contract season.

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