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Mike Sheppard scouting Adarius Bowman

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On Wednesday, Bengals wide receiver coach, Mike Sheppard, scouted Adarius Bowman at Oklahoma State's Pro Day. Bowman is ranked 14th -- as per Scouts, Inc. The 6'2", 220 pound, wide receiver, finished his career as a two-year starter. He sat out 2005 after transferring from North Carolina.

Year Rec. Yards TDs
2006 60 1,181 12
2007 67 1,006 8

More on Bowman's Pro Day from NFL.com's Pro Day page.

" WR Adarius Bowman (6-3 3/8, 230): A big, strong receivers who caught the ball well in workouts. Ran the 40 in 4.77 and 4.75, had a 33 ½-inch vertical jump, 16 reps in the bench press, ran position drills and kept his numbers from the combine for everything else.

Scouts, Inc's description.

Strengths: A late bloomer with an outstanding combination of height, bulk and straight-line speed. A massive target with long arms and big hands. Excels on vertical routes and is a big-play waiting to happen. He does a great job of using his body to shield defenders on slants, posts, etc. Also wins most jump ball battles. Is deceptively fast because he builds speed as he goes and will get over the top of DB's quicker than they think. Shows the ability to make the acrobatic catch and has strong hands to pluck the ball away from defenders in heavy traffic. Not afraid to go over the middle. He's a tough runner after the catch. Very difficult for DB's to bring down one-on-one. Gives a good effort as a blocker. Is big and strong enough to dominate most CB's at the point of attack once locked on.

Weaknesses: Needs to show more consistent focus. Drops too many catchable passes. Seems to fight the ball at times and lets it get into his pads too often. Lacks explosive initial burst and will need to improve his array of release moves to compensate in the NFL. Still too sloppy as a route runner. Rounds off too many of his routes and isn't crisp enough getting in and out of breaks particularly on intermediate routes. Could have significantly more trouble separating in the NFL if he doesn't improve the crispness of his routes. He's not overly elusive after the catch and he lacks the initial burst to explode up the field right away he needs a crease or to break a tackle in order to make big gains after the catch. Effort and size/strength are good as a stalk blocker but he must improve his technique and angles.

Overall: Bowman attended North Carolina as a freshman and sophomore (2003-'04), appearing in 18 games (two starts) and finishing his Tar Heels career with 28 receptions for 510 yards (18.2 average) and five touchdowns. He transferred to Oklahoma State in 2005, sitting out the season in accordance with NCAA regulations. Bowman immediately was a force for the Cowboys, piling up 127 catches for 2,187 yards (17.2 average) and 20 TDs in 24 games (all starts) during his two years in Stillwater (2005-'06). Bowman was dismissed from North Carolina after being cited for marijuana possession (a charge that was later dismissed). He played five games on the Oklahoma State basketball squad during the 2006-07 season. Bottom line: Bowman possesses an outstanding combination of size, top-end speed and athletic ability. However, he is an unpolished route runner that will struggle to separate versus good man-to-man cover corners in the NFL. Furthermore, his inconsistent hands are troubling. Bowman's stock has taken a big hit for those reasons. Despite his outstanding natural tools, he could easily slip to the third round of the 2008 draft.