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Packers Profile: Dean Lowry

The Tape

  • Position:  Defensive End
  • Age:  23
  • Height:  6’ 6”    
  • Weight:  296 lbs. 
  • 40-yard dash:  4.87 seconds
  • 3-cone drill:  7.26 seconds
  • Vertical Jump:  32.5”
  • Broad Jump:  114”
  • Bench Press:  30 reps at 225 lbs.

The Roots

Dean Lowry grew up in Rockford, Illinois and attended Boylan Central Catholic High School where he played football, basketball and one year of baseball.  Coming out of high school, Lowry was a SuperPrep magazine All-Midwest honoree and a Chicago Tribune All-State selection at defensive end.  Lowry was highly recruited by several Big Ten schools as well as the likes of Vanderbilt, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Ball State.  In the end, he opted for the scholarship offer at nearby Northwestern University.

As Lowry entered Northwestern in 2012, he immediately stepped onto the field and began making an impact as a true freshman.  Continuing with solid play through all four seasons, Lowry would make the second-team All-Big Ten team his senior year.  Following are his career stats as a Wildcat:

While continuously improving throughout his career at Northwestern until his senior year, Dean was an anchor on the team’s defense during his final year.  The team would finish their regular season 10-2 and they received an invitation to the Outback Bowl where they would eventually lose to the Tennessee Volunteers.

Lowry entered the 2016 NFL Draft after his senior year.  Leading up through the NFL Combine and into the draft, Lowry was projected by some scouts to be a late 6th or 7th round draft pick or a solid undrafted free agent.  But, when day three of the draft rolled around, the Green Bay Packers selected him in the 4th round.

So far as a Packer

Upon starting his NFL career with the Packers, Lowry would breeze through training camp and make the 53-man roster.  As a rookie, he played in 15 games where he would register two sacks and three tackles for a loss as highlights.  The latter stat, tackles for a loss, has become a niche stat for Lowry through college and now into the pros.  After the 4-6 start in 2016, Lowry came on with his two sacks in much-needed wins against the Texans and Seahawks in December, helping solidify the defense for a stretch run towards the playoffs.  Even though he played a limited role in his rookie year behind the likes of Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark and Letroy Guion, he showed signed that he could be an effective lineman in Green Bay’s defensive scheme.

During the 2017 season, Lowry’s second year in the NFL, he would appear in all 16 regular season games, getting the start in 11 of the contests.  Lowry would register 18 solo tackles with 14 assisted tackles and 2 sacks last season.  His highlight of the season would happen during the week 13 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Lowry scooped up a Jameis Winston fumble cause by Kenny Clark and dashed 62-yards to the Lambeau Field north end zone.  And though his Lambeau Leap left a little to be desired, the play would go on to help Lowry earn the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award for week 13.

Lowry's first attempt at a Lambeau Leap left a lot to be desired!

Lowry's first attempt at a Lambeau Leap left a lot to be desired!

Pro Football Focus rated Lowry’s 2017 season at a 77.0 overall, or their average rating, for his performance on the season.  He continued to show great improvement throughout the year while still being utilized at various times on the defensive front.  Following are Lowry’s stat lines through his first two years in the NFL:

The Future

How Lowry will be used in the defensive scheme of Mike Pettine moving forward remains to be seen.  With Pettine’s ability to utilize both 4-3 and 3-4 concepts in his defenses, Lowry is currently the only defensive end listed on the roster and having truly played that position for his entire prep and college career, the potential is there for Lowry to shine more in the new defense moving forward.  The Midwest kid is very likable and has a great attitude and grit that Packer fans find admirable in a player.  I’m looking forward to seeing what else he can bring to the table in 2018.


Ryan Brunner is an avid Packers fan hailing from Chippewa Falls, WI.  He is a firm believer that punters are NFL players too!  Follow him on Twitter @brunwardo

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

I was worried about his "short" arms a bit coming in. But he is just so strong in the lower body he can bull rush just about any guard back. Every defense needs guys like that.

4zone's picture

I expect steady progress and he will be solid for years to come. Who knows, maybe we draft a top DE to go with him and we put Clark and Daniels in between them. Hmmm kinda like that idea. CM3 back there with Martinez and Ryan .

Savage57's picture

Not a bad idea, but they already have the guy and owe him a chunk of money. Let Nick Perry go back to being Nick Perry and put him next to Daniels with his hand in the dirt.

A front with Lowry, Clark, Daniels and Perry would be a good starting point in Pettine's quest to improve the pass D of the team.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Cut CMIII to get a much-needed $11.4 million in cap savings.

Draft DT Da'Ron Payne for a terrifying 4-3 of Daniels-Clark-Payne-Lowry and Perry-Martinez-Josh Jones at LB. Perry can also rotate to DE, while Fackrell, Odom, and another draft pick provide depth.

Or, draft a LB (like Marcus Davenport, Tremaine Edmunds, or Roquan Smith) for a 3-4 of Daniels-Clark-Lowry and Perry-Martinez-Josh Jones-Rookie.

Let's make adult decisions, fixing Ted's cap nightmare while greatly improving our Front 7 athleticism.

Rossonero's picture

I've been impressed with his progression.

He might not have Pro Bowl production yet, but he could be a very solid player the Packers will want to keep around. Mike Pettine will probably find new ways to use him too.

What will limit him physically? Short arms and small hands do not help him at point of attack. He can still find ways to overcome those limitations though and Pettine can help.

Ryan Graham's picture

I'm sure he will implement that D line, ore often than people may expect. I do not want to see Jake Ryan on the field next year. at 5'10" 200 I can do as good a job as he did considering he was dragged an additional 3-4 yards after contact, and didn't finish the job half the time. run out that front four with any combo of Martinez, Clay, Burnett, Jones, rookie, free agent, myself or anyone's given grandmother.

NOT Jake Ryan...

ricky's picture

If not spectacular, Lowry could be one of those rotational or sub-package players who add much needed depth to the team. He might never be anAll-Pro or even Pro Bowler, but he could be one of the cogs in a tougher defense for the Packers.

worztik's picture

Agreed!?! I like his tenacity and his ability to do the Lambeau Leap... that’s a big part of anyone’s game!!!

Just an off topic comment here but, one I feel may be of value! I think we need to do whatever it takes to secure 2 first round picks this year! It’s important for the team to have the fifth year option available to them not to mention the talent drop after the first round! It may also behoove us to feel the waters in regard to trading Cobb for another second round pick or a third with Cleveland. Any other pick added to one of those would be good for the team. Buffalo has 2 first round picks back to back and that may be enticing; although lower picks! If we do not get who we want at 14, trade down and pick up other ammunition! I know... I know... ya’ll don’t think much of me and my ideas and that’s ok! Trades of players and not just draft picks used to be popular and I’d like to see it return! I don’t think trades affect comp picks but, I may be wrong. Just suggestion’...

stockholder's picture

JJ Watt he isn't. More development is needed. Trading Cobb, Not happening. ( Comp pick next year.) Two number 1 picks? - No! They take a LB or trade back. The only way you see the packers trade up is in the second round. Buff. and New England are your trade partners this year.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

No one is giving us ANYTHING to take on Cobb's wretched contract, much less a high 2nd or 3rd--round pick.

Please be serious.

worztik's picture


Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Why not?

zekester's picture

He looks like a good rotational player but I would like to see a more dynamic pass rusher starting at that position!

worztik's picture

And we pay all these top of the heap players... HOW???

nostradanus's picture

I like the Dean-asorus, he may have short arms and may never make the Pro Bowl but every team needs some guys like Lowery, he's a solid football player and a good team guy. Im sure Pettine will find a way to maximize his talent.
Go Pack!

4thand1's picture

How does he tie his shoes with those arms? I hate the "he has short arms shit"! The guy is 6'6" I'm sure his f-ing arms are long enough.

Tundraboy's picture

Sounds like a Packer type guy.

Packer Fan's picture

Lowry is progressing, no second year slump like Randall and others. This guy will probably never be a pro-bowler, but a consistent player.

And I also think the Pack should get two first rounders too. They have 11 picks. Rather reduce by getting more 1st rounders and then picking up veteran free agents.

Tundraboy's picture

"And I also think the Pack should get two first rounders too. They have 11 picks. Rather reduce by getting more 1st rounders and then picking up veteran free agents."

I do as well. Load up as many early round picks as possible this year, while we have the higher positiion.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

I agree. I like the 5th year option on 1st rounders that pan out.

worztik's picture

So, I guess that means ya don’t like 1st round players that DON’T pan out? TT was always spot on with his 1st round picks!!! DONCHA KNOW???

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

That's why it's an "option." If the pick fails, you cut him loose after 4. If he succeeds, you get a 5th year at well below market value.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

How many 300-pounders run a 4.9 with strength and improving technique?

Dude's a keeper.

worztik's picture

If they’re out there... they play OL!!!

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

Well, Spriggs is one good example.

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