One of the needs of the San Francisco 49ers for the upcoming season is interior offensive linemen. One of the prospects entering the draft is center Bradley Bozeman from Alabama who is most famous for proposing to his girlfriend on the field after winning the National Championship in Atlanta. Bozeman confirmed at the Senior Bowl that he had already been in contact with 49ers personnel by day two of Senior Bowl week.
Bozeman, who has played multiple positions on the offensive line, is most comfortable at center where he started for the Crimson Tide for the last two seasons. He was a key component in the success of their run game, garnering him a unanimous second team All-American honor. Bozeman was named team captain by his teammates and had 31 career starts in his college career. He played center and guard in his Sophomore season before becoming their starting center. Bozeman has also played tackle, but not since high school.
Bozeman, who is 6’5, 314 pounds (Daniel Kilgore is 6’3, 308 pounds), said that the most challenging part of his week at the Senior Bowl was learning the playbook and the terminology. It still didn't take long for him to catch on and start to excel during practice. He had some great matchups in 1-on-1s and several people noticed.
Prospects who have impressed early during 1-on-1s: #Georgia OG Isaiah Wynn, #Alabama OC Bradley Bozeman, #KansasState WR Byron Pringle. #HumboldtState OT Alex Cappa also more than holding his own so far.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 23, 2018
Brugler also reported on NFLDraftScout.com:
“...it was Bozeman who stood out the most. He refused to let interior rushers beat him with power or quickness, using quick hands to reset and anchor mid-rush to halt his opponent. If he maintains this level of play through the week, Bozeman will be one of the Senior Bowl’s top performers.”
When you talk to Bozeman, what comes across the most are his humility and manners. After addressing me as “ma’am” more than once, Bozeman was pulled away for a photo with Nick Saban, who made an appearance at practice. Immediately after he was done, Bozeman apologized and jumped right back into interview mode. When asked what might be something that wasn't a strength of his, he revealed to me:
“I’m not the best athlete, but I’m a try hard guy. I’m never going to give up on what I do.”