Instant Analysis: CB Zack Bowman
CB Zack Bowman (Joe Mixen/Big Red Report)
CB Zack Bowman (Joe Mixen/Big Red Report)
Posted Apr 27, 2008

With the 9th pick in Round 5, the Chicago Bears selected Nebraska cornerback Zack Bowman. According to, Bowman is the No. 27 player available at his position. Here is a scouting report on Bowman with all the highlights you need to know about the newest Midway Monster.

CB Zack Bowman – Nebraska

The numbers: 6-1, 197 pounds, 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 18 bench-press reps at 225 pounds, 30.5-inch vertical jump.

The skinny: Bowman is flooded with athletic ability and ran an impressive 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine, but he's been riddled with injuries to both knees and has major health concerns coming into the league. He could be the ultimate boom-or-bust player, either finally staying on the field and exceeding expectations or never fully recovering from the hurts he suffered in college.

The analysis: If you strictly look at the numbers, Bowman fits this defense very well because the Cover 2 is built for bigger and more physical corners. Ricky Manning Jr. could possibly be on his way out, as Bowman would be a less expensive option behind current reserves Trumaine McBride and Corey Graham.

Want to see what 35-year veteran NFL talent evaluator Tom Marino has to say about Zack Bowman? Click Here to read his expert analysis.

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