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An AFC director of college scouting told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Houston CB Howard Wilson "[m]ight have been a first-round prospect if he had gone back [to school for 2017]."

"He has a lot of physical talent but I think he will struggle if you ask him to go from his conference into taking on NFL route-runners," the scouting director explained. It doesn't help matters that Wilson lost a year of development due to a torn ACL suffered in 2015. It isn't all darkness, though. During Combine work, the 6-foot-1, 184-pounder was one of the top performers in change of direction drills, sizzling in the three-cone drill to the tune of 6.68 seconds while turning in a 20-yard shuttle time of 3.94 seconds. Zierlein compares him to Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 8:20 PM

Houston's Tyus Bowser tested in the 95th percentile for edge rushers at the NFL Combine.

Bowser was used as a drop linebacker at Houston, so his pass rushing exposures are fewer and far between compared to other edge players in this class. However, his true versatility will intrigue a number of teams. He projects somewhere in any scheme, and this level of athleticism will feed into an "upside" label. At worst his evaluation has a second round feel to it.
Mar 9 - 9:41 AM

Scouts Inc. believes Houston OLB Tyus Bowser is "squarely in the Day 2 range" following his stellar NFL Combine showing.

At about 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, Bowser led all linebackers with a vertical leap of 37.5 inches, and his 40-yard dash (4.65) and broad jump (10 feet, 7 inches) both ranked in the top-five of the position. "In addition, Bowser impressed during drill work with good fluidity, balance and change-of-direction skills," wrote Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "Bowser caught some eyes at the Senior Bowl and is another prospect who is taking advantage of the pre-draft process."
Source: ESPN
Mar 6 - 12:40 PM

Houston OLB Tyus Bowser led all linebackers with a vertical leap of 37.5 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday.

Bowser was one of the top linebacker performers in three separate tests. He led the way with that 37.5-inch vertical and also logged a 40-yard time of 4.65 seconds and a broad jump of 127 inches. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein calls the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder an "explosive, quick-twitch athlete." That showed well enough on Sunday. He should be considered a potential pick early for Day 2, with possible upward mobility toward the first round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 5 - 4:15 PM

Houston freshman DE Bryan Jones said that he hopes to "destroy" the AAC.

Lofty aspirations, to be sure, but that attitude will fit in well next to sophomore DT Ed Oliver (who actually did destroy the conference as a freshman). The former Ole Miss commit opted for Houston over fellow finalist Texas A&M this winter. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 170 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle. Last spring, ESPN's Craig Haubert tossed out a comp to Charles Tapper (formerly of Oklahoma), writing that he believes that the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jones could see a similar career trajectory.
Feb 25 - 3:01 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko believes that Houston OLB Tyus Bowser deserves legitimate consideration as a first-round prospect.

"He’ll be on the second-round radar after the NFL Scouting Combine is through," Galko writes, "but his skillset, versatility, and remarkable value for 3-4 and 4-3 teams scream first-round prospect." Earlier this week, an AFC Scouting Director forwarded the belief that the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder will start early during his career in the NFL. Galko's Round 1 talk might be a little on the rich side, but a second- or third-round selection is very much in play.
Feb 24 - 8:01 PM

An AFC Scouting Director predicts Houston OLB Tyus Bowser will start early in the NFL.

"His tape from last year and this year are way different," he said. "He's getting better. There will be some teams who miss him because their scouts are too lazy to keep an open mind that they will have written him off. He will be an early NFL starter. Watch." This isn't the first time we've heard an anonymous scout praise Bowser recently. An NFC general manager predicted after the Senior Bowl that Bowser will go in Round 3. "I've been watching him out here (at Senior Bowl practices) and he is really athletic and really quick off the snap in these one-on-ones. If I had to guess a round without watching tape, I would say third based on what I've seen out here," he said. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Bowser to Eli Harold, writing: "Bowser lacks production, but his explosive characteristics off the edge will push him up the draft board and give him a chance to play well above where some scouts might project him."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 1:07 PM

Houston LB Steven Taylor was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

This is a surprising development, as Taylor has been one of the nation's most prolific linebackers over the past few seasons. He piled up 13 sacks, 14 quarterback hits and 18.5 tackles for loss in 2015 before logging 12 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2016. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has size concerns.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 2:14 PM

Houston signed three-star JUCO junior DT Joe Anderson.

Coming out of high school in 2015, Anderson originally signed with Ole Miss as a four-star prospect. "Has added quite a bit of size since coming out of HS with nice blend of height and bulk," ESPN wrote in a scouting report. "Flashes good lateral mobility to be active down the line. Can hold ground one-on-one and flashes heavy hands when he shoots them." Anderson will join a stout DT group led by Ed Oliver this coming season.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 12:26 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte reports that Houston has hired former Atlanta Falcons TE coach Chris Scelfo to serve as OL coach.

Scelfo has his fair share of coaching experience under his belt. He went 36-57 as head coach at Tulane from 1998-2006. After taking two years off from coaching, he then linked up with the Atlanta Falcons as TE coach from 2008-2014. Now onward to Houston, where he will take over the OL coach gig vacated by Darren Hiller, who is reportedly heading up to Indiana.
Feb 4 - 6:08 PM

Houston redshirt junior WR Ra'Shaad Samples has retired due to concussion concerns.

Per the Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte, Samples could potentially join the Cougar staff as a student-coach. This past season, he was dealing with the symptoms of concussion from August onward. The 5-foot-11, 178-pounder entered the collegiate ranks as a four-star recruit in Oklahoma State's 2013 class. He subsequently transferred over to Houston. Samples finishes his collegiate career having caught just three passes for 11 yards.
Feb 2 - 4:22 PM

An NFC general manager predicts that Houston OLB Tyus Bowser will go in Round 3.

"Heard about him late from the scout who does that area," he said. "Man, he was a dude at the (Senior Bowl) weigh-in. Impressive looking. I've been watching him out here (at Senior Bowl practices) and he is really athletic and really quick off the snap in these one-on-ones. If I had to guess a round without watching tape, I would say third based on what I've seen out here." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein agrees with the Round 3 prediction. "Bowser spent a couple of seasons playing basketball, which should give an indication of his quickness and athleticism," he wrote. "His tape is full of 'wow' flashes, but lacks complete 'wow' games. With his explosive traits as a pass rusher and his ability to move in space, look for teams to target Bowser on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) of the draft as an ascending prospect."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 2:33 PM

Houston EDGE/LB Tyus Bowser will be selected no later than the third round, according to Lance Zierlein.

Zierlein is very well connected, so even though we are extremely early in the process Bowser looks to be coveted by teams as a top 100 pick. Bowser likely fits teams who utilize a stand up defender at the end of their line. Many question if Bowser's sack success and style will translate to production or disruption in the NFL. He is at the Senior Bowl.
Jan 25 - 9:08 AM

Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. was intercepted twice in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The game and result itself do not matter in the long run, but Ward's two first-half interceptions (both made by St. Francis CB Lorenzo Jerome) stand out nonetheless, particularly given that there are already concerns as to whether he will be able to stick at quarterback in the NFL. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder could switch to wideout as the process unfolds. We like that as a better pro-fit for the Houston magician, particularly given that Ward already has experience playing wideout with the Cougars.
Jan 21 - 7:49 PM

Houston hired former Miami DC Mark D'onofrio to serve in the same capacity.

D'onofrio was hired by Al Golden when Golden took over as Hurricanes head coach in 2011. When Mark Richt took over at the end of the 2015 season, D'onofrio was not retained. Prior to his five-year stint with Miami, D'onofrio had roamed the Temple sideline (also for a five-year stretch).
Jan 6 - 6:41 PM


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