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Houston Cougars Sack Leader Tyus Bowser Impresses Saints at Senior Bowl

The New Orleans Saints need pass rushers this offseason. Could they find one at the Senior Bowl?

NCAA Football: Texas Kickoff-Oklahoma vs Houston
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws the ball away as Houston Cougars linebacker Tyus Bowser (81) defends during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Credit: Troy Taormina
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Tyus Bowser probably isn’t a household name, but he’s a favorite of Houston Cougars football fans. The workout warrior won the weigh-in this week at the Senior Bowl, posting an impressive 6-foot-3, 244-pound frame with 33-inch arms.

Those measurables bode well for his future along with his college production; playing on a limited basis as a situational pass rusher for much of his career, Bowser still put up 12 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in just eight games as a starter in 2016.

Bowser missed five games last season after receiving a broken bone in his face from a fight with a teammate, which was ironically caused from getting too competitive in a team-building exercise. That fiery attitude will need to be tempered once he’s joined the pros.

For what it’s worth, well-connected Sirius XM Fantasy football affiliate Roster Watch first listed the Saints’ interest in Bowser among a string of updates from discussions around the NFL community at the Senior Bowl.

This was followed up with by analyst Lance Zierlein indicating that scouts he spoke with believe Bowser will be a top-100 draft selection.

I didn’t focus on Bowser in Tuesday’s first practice session, but I’ll be sure to dial in on him throughout the week. Bowser has a reputation as a complete edge defender who can play on the line of scrimmage. I look forward to seeing him compete.