If Byron Cowart manhandles a couple SEC linemen in the fall, he could be a first round draft choice in the spring of 2018.
College: Auburn #9
Position: Defensive End
- Nation’s top defensive prospect out of high school.
- Played basketball and competed in track in high school.
- Missed Alabama A&M, and Alabama game with and appendectomy.
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The Google search on Byron Cowart in March of 2017 pulls up the headline, Former No. 1 Recruit Byron Cowart at risk of becoming a bust for Auburn. Not a glowing endorsement for a college football player trying to break into the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Cowart appears to be a motivational challenge for Auburn.
What we have here, is a failure to Motivate
Byron Cowart isn’t the first motivational challenge for Auburn. Auburn, somehow, collects motivational challenges. Let’s go back.
Now, Fairley was a different type of motivational problem, Fairley enjoyed the occasional cheap shot at Auburn. And, continued to do so in the NFL. But all is good now. He’s found his motivation in his daughter. Or, maybe he still has some anger issues, not wanting to give up the stage to the band, Jagged Edge.
Montravius Adams is a 2017 NFL draft prospect from the Auburn defensive line. Auburn had to wait four years for Adams to produce. Does an NFL team really want to wait for a player to get into their contract year to get production out of their investment?
Which brings us to Byron Cowart
Does Byron Cowart have a motivation problem? Maybe, people change. Now, add to his motivational challenges, a legal challenge, like arrests for drug possession, and now you have two red flags.
Byron Cowart will have to knock the house down in the 2017 Auburn season to break into the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.
How Byron Cowart can break into the First Round of the 2018 NFL Draft
In Byron Cowart’s favor, is the schedule he will play in 2017. If Cowart destroys offensive linemen in the Clemson and SEC games, he could climb into the first round.
Playing in the SEC practically guarantees Cowart a chance to go at future NFL talent, if not future first round NFL draft talent.
If he handles the best the SEC can throw at him, there is a good chance he’ll be able to handle NFL competition with a little NFL coaching.