Dean Lowry finished up his college football career at Northwestern New Year’s Day in the Outback Bowl, so what’s in his future?
The former Boylan Titan says he hopes it’s more football. He wants to take a shot at the NFL, and these next few months will be critical to making that a reality.
Four years of suiting up for the Wildcats and banging away in the Big Ten have only made Lowry hungry for more action.
“I love the game. I love everything about it. I love working out. All that stuff, so that’s my goal to play in the NFL,” said Lowry in a phone interview with Eyewitness News.
In two weeks Lowry will get a chance to show NFL general managers and pro scouts what he can do when he heads to St. Petersburg, Florida to compete in college football’s East-West Shrine All-Star game.
“I’m definitely going out there and try to prove to some people that I’m a very good player,” says Lowry.
At 6-6 and 290 pounds Lowry certainly has the size to play defensive end in the NFL. And he seems to have the burst off the edge. He had 13 and a half tackles for loss this past season. He was second team All-Big Ten.
So does Lowry have any idea what NFL scouts think of him as a prospect?
“I can’t say too much specifically, but I would say that I think that just from watching film I’d say I’m a guy who’s high-energy, a high-motor guy, so I think now-a-days that’s very important to NFL teams at the defensive line position.”
The NFL draft combine will be held at the end of February in Indianapolis. That’s where NFL prospects get the most scrutiny from scouts. Players need to be invited to participate in that. Lowry hasn’t been invited yet, but he’ll jump at the chance if he’s offered.
“I’m not sure yet if we’ll get the invite, but if I do that will be a great opportunity to showcase my abilities.”
If Lowry needs any advice on how to transition from college to the pros he has plenty of people he can turn to.
“There have been a number of Northwestern guys that have gone through this same process, so I’ve continually talked to them over the years, but also in Rockford guys like Derek Dimke who’s a Boylan grad I still stay in touch with today. Just different people to give me advice as to what to expect and how to handle yourself in front of coaches and in front of general managers,” says Lowry.
Lowry is still in Evanston taking classes. He’s majoring in Economics. He’s on schedule to graduate in June.