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2016 NFL Draft: BYU DE Graham Rowley invited to tryout with the Green Bay Packers

The 2016 Cougars defensive line has gotten both ends into the NFL, at least for now. Focus now shifts for Graham Rowley to make the 53 man roster.

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BYU DE Graham Rowley has been invited to tryout with the Green Bay Packers during their mini-camp according to Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Rowley has played an important role on the Cougars' defensive line for several years. Rowley played in 47 games throughout his college career piling up 59 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, four sacks, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble. He was also named to the Phil Steele's Preseason All-Independent Second Team.

At 6-foot-3, 277 pounds Rowley has the size to play at the next level. While Rowley doesn't have the agility of his teammate, Bronson Kaufusi who was taken in the third round of this year's draft, he still has explosive athleticism for a man of his size (his 40-yard dash and vertical jump were actually better than Kaufusi). Rowley's ability to two-gap gives him the versatility to play defensive tackle in addition to his primary defensive end spot.

Here are Rowley's NFL Combine results:

  • 40-yard dash - 4.81 seconds
  • 225 bench - 27 reps
  • Vertical jump - 31.5 inches
  • Broad jump - 9 feet 3 inches
  • 20-yard shuttle - 4.44 seconds
  • 3-cone drill - 7.34 seconds
Rowley will really need to impress the head brass in Green Bay if he wants to end up on the 53-man roster. It's likely that isn't going to happen right away, but if he can earn his way onto a practice squad with the Packers or another team he may be able to work his way onto a team over the course of a season.

Here are some of Rowley's highlights at BYU: