Originally written on Optimum Scouting  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Despite starting a true freshman quarterback, Oklahoma State was ready to make waves with a developed junior running back, two receivers with plenty of game experience, and a senior-laden offensive line. But now, after a violation of team rules, one of those seniors, left tackle Michael Bowie, will no longer be a Cowboy.

He will instead be playing left tackle next season at Northeastern State after being dismissed from Oklahoma State by head coach Mike Gundy, as reported officially by Optimum Scouting.

And while Oklahoma State is likely very frustrated by losing a senior left tackle with NFL potential, Bowie should be much more concerned, as he'll have to adapt to a whole new system and still maintain NFL interest as he transfers down.


Despite being just 6'4, Bowie flashed NFL tackle or guard ability during his Oklahoma State career. Thanks to pre-season and 2011 scouting by Optimum Scouting's own Alex Brown, we have a lengthy report on Bowie's time with the Oklahoma State scouting-wise.

"Bowie has a developed kick slide that is very effective against speed rsuhers, and works hard to control the midsection of his pass rushing opponent. He read and reacts to pass rushers very well, exhibiting plus hands and balance out of his pass set. He playds with very good balance and bend and utilizes good hand placement and arm length.

However, he must improve his stamina level, be much more sudden with his inside power step, and fire his hands out quicker in pass protection. He also lacks great power or drive in the run game and is not a great second level, in-space blocker."  

RELATED: Greg Reid, Florida State Cornerback/Returner, Dismissed From Team, Transfering to Valdosta State 

As far as his NFL future is concerned, and after answering to NFL teams about his team violations that lead to his dismissal, Bowie will have an uphill climb to show how dominating he can be at the lower levels. He didn't give up a sack last season, but if he doesn't repeat that performance and improve his weaknesses as a prospect, teams won't be willing to bang the table for him until the later rounds.

Our pre-season grades gave Bowie a fourth round grade, meaning we'd feel he's draftable even if you knock him down a grade for his dismissal and after juniors declare. But that can change if Bowie doesn't maximize his chances this year at Northeastern State. Bowie shown thus far in his career mean teams will, at worst, give him an extra look at Northeastern State, and it's up to Bowie to maximize that chance.      

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tom Brady admits he has a cold

Paul Pierce: Computers to blame for lack of NBA trash talk

Darrelle Revis: I don’t feel sorry for Jets fans

A recent history of Super Bowl injury hullabaloo

DeflateGate football could fetch $50K at auction

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Father and son allegedly attack coach over playing time

The AFC North will regress in 2015

Doug Baldwin bringing 'sunblock' to Revis Island

Will the first-round running back return in 2015?

Robert Kraft: Richard Sherman is a 'marketing whiz'

Rob Gronkowski's party bus headed to Super Bowl

Keys to victory for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX

Keys to victory for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

Grandpa: Marshawn would retire rather than deal with media

Ten best teams that didn't make the Super Bowl

Ranking the NBA’s Coach of the Year candidates

WATCH: Zach Parise picks up his tooth off the ice

Crosby's name misspelled as 'Sindey' on Penguins program

Joe Biden blows off Olivia Munn to talk to Aaron Rodgers

James Shields need to adjust his contract expectations

Kurt Warner wonders about Patriots cheating in Super Bowl

4-star QB recruit decommits from Michigan

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
OPTIMUM SCOUTING

Patriots' keys to Super Bowl victory

Seahawks' keys to Super Bowl victory

DeflateGate ball could fetch $50K

Doug Baldwin ready for Revis Island

Top storylines for Super Bowl XLIX

Barnes unhappy with NBA over fine

Does MLB need more offense in the modern game?

Re-ranking the Top 25: exposing the biggest flaws

Putting the Cavs’ pieces together

Super Bowl XLIX: Key people to know

Ranking all 48 Super Bowls

Bill Simmons fires a shot at Ray Lewis

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.