Is routinely stonewalled after his initial burst on contact and isn’t a guy who is going to move anyone as an in-line guy at the next level. However, displays good athleticism on the move.
Is able to quickly pivot out of his stance and pull, reaching and breaking down well on targets through the hole/at the second level. But again, isn’t real powerful on contact, gets upright and isn’t a guy who locks on and can drive defenders backward even in space. Displays the body control to hit the moving target and initially create a slight jolt, but is easily stood up and disengaged from through the play.
Displays good initial athleticism off the snap. Has the ability to quickly get out of his stance and is asked to get a lot of depth off the ball, helping clean up any mess from the inside. Showcases good range when asked to redirect and covers a lot of ground. However, consistently gets too upright off the snap and isn’t real heavy handed when asked to engage.
Struggled to mirror and hold up one-on-one when asked to block a man off his shoulder. Routinely oversets, lacks a pop on contact and allows defenders to work across his face and get up the field. Struggles to lock out and seal completely and eventually is worked over and overwhelmed through the play.
Impression: Is a good athlete with some natural range to his game. However, he plays upright, lacks power/bend in the run game and plays too high in pass protection. Possesses some upside because of his athletic ability, but isn’t much more than a later round/free agent type guy in my view."
Positive: Aggressive small-area blocker who plays with good awareness and football intellect. Explodes off the snap into blocks, is quick out to the second level, and jolts defenders at the point of attack. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, stays square, and is a solid position blocker. Strong, seals defenders from the action, and has the ability to finish blocks. Keeps his head on a swivel, remains very alert throughout the action, and effectively quarterbacks the offensive line. Solid with the shotgun snap as the ball immediately gets back to the quarterback.
Negative: Stiff, struggles redirecting to defenders, and ineffective in motion. Gets lazy with his hands and must be quicker getting them into opponents. Lacks top footwork in space.
Analysis: Kowalski has been a productive center on the college level and is a powerful player who does not give up an inch of room at the point of attack. He has the style for a power running offense and enough skill to take his game to the next level."
2009 - Started all 12 games at center...Part of an offensive line that ranked No. 16 in the nation in total offense (437.9) and No. 18 in passing offense (278.1).
2008 - Started in all 12 games at right guard...Part of an offensive line that gave up just 16 sacks, tied for 24th-best in the nation and tied for third-best in the MAC.
2007 - Stepped into the lineup as a true freshman in the third game of the season...Part of an offensive line that allowed just 16 sacks, tied for 19th in the nation and second in the MAC...Toledo’s offense also ranked No. 2 in scoring (32.9), No. 1 in total offense (448.4) and No. 1 in rushing (209.2) in the MAC.
Strengths: Versatile, intelligent leader who started 47 consecutive games. Excellent work ethic on and off the field. Decent height, but below-average mass for position. Appears to make good pre-snap reads and line calls. Keeps head up in stance and makes sound adjustments when zone blocking and defense blitzes/stunts; gets into position to pick up blitzes.
Weaknesses: A step slow in Senior Bowl against elite defensive linemen; athleticism is an issue -doesn't show above-average lower-body strength and tends to lean into power rushers in effort to mask this weakness - appears top-heavy. May be more effective at guard.
Projection: 7th round - may slip to UDFA after below-average performance at Senior Bowl."
Heading into the 2009 campaign Kowalski made the move to center where he started all 12 games. The Rockets offense began to flourish behind the experienced offensive line and Kowalski made a smooth transition to center. In 2010 the Toledo offensive line was expected to lead the team to the postseason and they did just that, again under Kowalski's leadership. The Rockets will face off against Florida International in the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, there first bowl appearance since 2005, after finishing with an impressive 7-1 conference record.
Kowalski is in a relatively large group of centers who are projected to go in the middle rounds. His experience and ability to move to guard if necessary is a plus, but he will need to have some solid workouts heading into the draft if he wants to be one of the first three or four centers taken in the draft."
Kevin Kowalski is hampered by a bad Crouch, compounded by insufficient Power in the Run Game and a lack of Strength in the Pass Game. He does bring exceptional Lateral Agility and Flanking Speed on Pulls + Traps, but his overall game is pretty limited, right now. He's up against it, unless he can put on a lot more Beef and learn how to Crouch effectively.
Late Round Project.
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