clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Arizona Cardinals sign offensive lineman Branden Bowen to contract

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 28 CFP Semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals continue to bring players in to their 2021 offseason roster, today the team brought in another offensive lineman.

From the team:

The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that the team has signed offensive lineman Branden Bowen.

Bowen (6-7, 315) played collegiately at Ohio State before signing last year with Carolina as an undrafted rookie free agent. The 24-year old Bowen played in 32 career games for the Buckeyes, including starting 13 games at tackle as a senior in 2019 when he was selected second-team All-Big Ten. A Draper, UT native, Bowen was released by Carolina at the end of training camp last season.

Bowen has not done anything in the NFL and he only had the 13 starts at Ohio State, but there is a reason.

From Tony Pauline:

Career Snapshot: First-year starter at right tackle who earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2019. Earned the starting job at right guard before the 2017 campaign and broke his right leg six games into the season. Missed the entire 2018 season after he required a third surgery on his leg.

Positives: Big-bodied college tackle who displays terrific vision and overall instincts, squares into opponents and easily takes them from the action. Large enough to engulf defenders and smother them from the play altogether. Strong, effective with his hands and easily knocks pass rushers from their angles of attack. Showed ability in pass protection at left tackle during Shrine Bowl practices.

You feel awful for a kid like Bowen who had a shot and was injured then it was out of his control.

Coming back and playing in 2019 was enough to tell you that Bowen is a tough kid that works incredibly hard.

Now, will he have the ability to make it in the NFL?