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Navorro Bowman to Enter NFL Draft

Submitted by on January 4, 2010One Comment

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now, but ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting that Navorro Bowman will forego his final season at Penn State and declare for April’s NFL Draft.

“I sat down with my family and the right choice for me is to pursue the next level,” Bowman said. “I’m proud of my accomplishments in college but it’s also a time to take care of my family.”

Bowman, 6-2, 235 pounds, is projected as a likely first-round pick.

“I have played for the best linebackers coach in the country,” Bowman said. “He’s taught me how to make plays. He’s taught me to have sound technique. I have been a part of a great tradition at Penn State. I missed a few games this season, but I feel I really finished the season strong.”

http://ericthomas.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/navorro_bowman.jpgLike Bowman says, he turned himself from a backup with off-the-field legal issues to one of the best linebackers in Penn State’s storied tradition, and it all started with the decision, on a lark, to start Bowman in last year’s game against Temple.  While the impact of his decision will certainly weigh heavy on Penn State’s success next year, I feel no regrets coming, on either side.  Unlike Aaron Maybin, who was a one-year wonder and would’ve benefited from extra seasoning, Bowman is legitimately NFL-ready, and I doubt he’ll be a bust for whichever team selects him in the first round.  Plus, he does have a family to support–a young child–and I’m absolutely sure he’s doing the right thing for his child.  You never know when a career-ending injury could strike, and Bowman is almost guaranteed of being a first-round draft pick next April.  Navorro overcame some serious issues over the past year, and he’s become molded into a model citizen, one who came to represent this university and tradition extraordinarily well.  He’s already earned his degree, and has little left to gain by staying an extra year.

As for Penn State, we’ll survive.  The remarkable praise Bowman has for Ron Vanderlinden makes me even more afraid of losing our linebackers coach who has raised such great linebackers as Paul Posluszny, http://a.espncdn.com/media/ncf/2006/0223/photo/vanderlinden_195.jpgDan Connor, Sean Lee, and of course Bowman in the Linebacker U tradition, but his achievements in that regard, and head coaching pedigree has made him a rumored name in Florida’s search to replace recently departed defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, now the head coach at Louisville.  It’s rare to have three coaches on a staff like Tom Bradley, Larry Johnson, and Vandy, and even after JoePa leaves, there’s likely only room for two of them to move up.  I wouldn’t fault Ron at all for taking that position, especially if the line of succession post-JoePa has already been decided, and he’s not in it.

But as for the impact of Bowman’s decision on Penn State, it’ll be minimal.  Penn State is going to have growing pains next year, and I’ve already made peace with the fact that we won’t be competing for even a Big Ten title in 2010.  Rather, I’m almost glad Bowman is moving on, because it will give whoever Penn State chooses to start at linebacker more experience.  My bet is that we’ll see Michael Mauti, assuming a full recovery from the torn ACL that kept him out of this season alongside Nate Stupar and converted safety Gerald Hodges, all of whom would return in 2011, when, by all accounts, Penn State should be readying for a title run.

We here at quebecpenspinning want to wish only the best of luck to Navorro in his future, both in the NFL and otherwise, to his family, and hope he finds himself happy and healthy.

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  • bayoufightonstate

    He will be a beast at the next level. Good luck Bowman!