40: 4.75 (estimated)
Has a decent first step to challenge the edge. Shows a nice developmental spin move as a counter move off the corner. Shows some ability to get upfield and make stops in the backfield. Adequate when asked to cover the back in the flat on the short routes.
Doesn't play with great awareness, getting caught out of position too often both vs. the run and in coverage. Can get caught staring in the backfield, and doesn't have ideal hips to match up in coverage. Doesn't do a good job staying at home and maintaining outside contain. Doesn't do a good job in pursuit because he can get stuck in traffic. Doesn't do a good job getting off blocks, especially when he's working in space. Doesn't break down as a tackler, takes poor angles, and will whiff on stops in the open field. And he lacks the ideal speed to make up for it. Struggles to disengage as a pass rusher, even from a running back. Tends to rely on his first step and needs to improve his hand usage. Doesn't seem to show the burst to turn the corner.
He played outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, but has experience putting his hand in the dirt as well. He was a productive player at Oregon, although he is raw when he projects to the next level. And while he flashes talent and potential, he wasn't what I'd consider to be a true playmaker. A two-year starter that combined for 91 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, and 8 forced fumbles his last two seasons.
Rowe has some potential to develop as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but right now he's too raw when it comes to playing the run and limited in coverage. If he gets time to develop, he might have a chance to be a decent complementary starter down the road. But he'll be a stopgap guy. He won't be an impact pass rusher unless he really develops his spin move, as that is really the only way he knows how to disengage. And while he could improve his awareness vs. the run and pass, he's probably too limited to think he'll ever be more than average there. If he can stick on special teams, he has a chance to play several years in the league as a backup. But if not, he'll likely wash out before his rookie contract expires.
Rowe could be worth a look as an outside linebacker for the Falcons because they will like his pass rush potential. But he's too raw as a linebacker and gets too often exposed when playing in space to think he's really worth developing. He'd be lucky to make the Falcons practice squad his first summer.
For a 3-4 team looking for depth and a possible developmental guy, Rowe could be worth a fifth round pick. But you're probably going to get better value waiting until the seventh round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 2.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
Scouting reports of the linebackers in the 2011 Draft.
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