NFL draft: Virginia Tech's Brent Bowden
In anticipation for this weekend's NFL draft, Hokies Journal will be looking at some former Virginia Tech players who are prospective draftees. The NFL draft opens with the first round on Thursday evening, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday and the fourth through seventh rounds held on Saturday.
6 feet 3, 206 pounds
Projected draft selection: seventh round
Projected NFL position: punter
Virginia Tech career: 41 games played, 214 punts, 42.2 average, 72 inside the 20-yard line
Punters are not exactly hot commodities when it comes to the NFL draft and most often go undrafted, but Brent Bowden might be an exception.
Bowden was one of five punters invited to the combine. He has impressive size and strength, with a body that most scouts would drool over (when looking at punters, at least). Bowden has long legs that help him get leverage on each kick. At the NFL level, Bowden might need to add some hang time on his punts, but he is known for having good mechanics as a result of years of work with Fred Pinciaro, his punting coach, who has worked with professionals like Shayne Graham, Neil Rackers, Josh Brown, and Connor Barth.
Bowden feels confident about his chances of being drafted. "I feel pretty good about it," Bowden said in a recent telephone interview. "From what I'm hearing from teams and from my agent, who he’s talking to, it sounds like I should get drafted. I'd say more than likely it’s going to happen."
Bowden said he has done individual workouts for the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, both of whom have visited the Blacksburg campus. At Virginia Tech's pro day, he said he punted for the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles. And he said he has spoken of the phone frequently with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bowden has been working out, and punting, three times a week in Blacksburg while he finishes up his second degree. He majored in interdisciplinary studies and is now working toward a second major in business information technology.
This weekend, Bowden plans on being in Blacksburg for Virginia Tech's spring game, which is to be held at Lane Stadium on Saturday. His younger brother, Grant, is a freshman punter for the Hokies. Bowden said he would steal glances at the draft before the spring game.
"I’ll watch as much as I can before it's time to go over," Bowden said. "I’m going to watch my brother warm up. I’ll probably watch the game. Hopefully by then I’ll get a call."
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