We are ten days from the start of the 2017 NFL draft and the Raiders are getting in some last minute visits. They initially had Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster scheduled for a visit, according to Adam Caplan, but Foster backed out due to a scheduling conflict.
As noted last week, LB Reuben Foster was scheduled to visit #Raiders, but had a scheduling conflict.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 17, 2017
Teams are allowed 30 visits from draft prospects and with Foster not visiting, the Raiders are making use of it by bringing in Houston linebacker Tyus Bowser for a visit today.
DE/OLB Tyus Bowser (6-2 5/8, 247-Houston), a possible 1st-round pick, is visiting the #Raiders today. He was a late add to their visit list.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 17, 2017
As Caplan noted, Bowser is a fringe first round pick by some estimations. Though most predictions have had him no higher than a mid-round two prospect.
The outside linebacker put up some good numbers last season with 8.5 sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss in just 8 games played. He got in a fight with a teammate in practice and broke the orbital bone near his right eye, causing him to have surgery and shortening his senior season.
As for Foster, he is the top inside linebacker prospect in this class and is expected to be gone long before the Raiders select. He probably had a few teams want to speak with him a bit more after he was sent home from the scouting combine after an alteration with a member of the hospital staff. That incident would be the only thing that could possibly give teams enough pause to let him slip, but it’s hard to imagine that slip would be all the way to 24.