To help get through the boring NFL offseason, we're going to attempt a series of breaking down the Jacksonville Jaguars 90-man roster. This is obviously subject to change with Dave Caldwell's wont to churn the roster and I'm sure that trend will continue going forward. Nevertheless, we'll start going down the roster sheet in alphabetical order and touch on why a player might improve, or regress and their chances of making the roster.
Next up, offensive lineman Luke Bowanko.
Bowanko is much bigger than the average NFL center and will be a contrast from the 6'3, 292-pound Brad Meester who announced his retirement after the 2013 NFL season. At 6'6, 302 pounds, Bowanko is very tall who started his career with the Cavaliers at right guard before moving to the center position for the final two seasons of his collegiate career.
Why he might improve:
Bowanko is now in an NFL program where he can commit everything full time to getting stronger and working on his technique. I'm not going to pretend like I watched a ton of film on Bowanko, because I haven't but it seems he's viewed as a heady player who's a mauler in tight spaces, which is exactly what the Jaguars need on the interior of their offensive line.
Why he might regress:
Like some of the other players, Bowanko is still just a roster entering the NFL. It's possible he could be a bit overwhelmed and not completely have the strength necessary to start immediately in the interior of an NFL offensive line. It's likely that he will be a swing back up early on and potentially develop into a starting lineman.
Chances of making the roster:
Until otherwise, I'm going to assume that Dave Caldwell's actual draft picks find a place on the Jaguars final 53-man roster. Someone like Bowanko is also a swing interior lineman who's played all over the line, so that adds to his value. He should be competing for the starting center position, but if he can't win that I still think the odds are in his favor to make the final squad.