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MILT BOWEN
Position: S
Class: Sr
School: Miami (OH)
Conference: MAC
Ht., Wt.: 6'1, 200
40 Time: 4.62
Grade: 3.04

BIO: Three-year starting cornerback who also impacted as a kick returner. Recorded 84 tackles with six INTs and 11 pass breakups as a senior, also averaging 21.9 yards on 27 kick returns. Junior defensive numbers were 78-2-11 with a 21.3 yard average on 22 returns. Registered 76-2-11 as a sophomore when he set a single season record for kick off return yards (706), averaging 22.1 yards on 32 returns.

POSITIVES: Aggressive safety best on special teams. Hard working defender who gets off blocks, supports the run and displays adequate ball skills. Keeps the action in front of him, strong at the point and out muscles opponents to break up the pass. Displays vision and tenacity returning kicks.

NEGATIVES: Struggles in man-to-man coverage, cannot stay with receivers out of their breaks and lacks the top end speed. Loses in transition and not a sudden player.

ANALYSIS: Better off inside at safety but a dime back at best who must make his presence felt as a return specialist.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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