Thursday wasn’t the night, but the Bowser household knows its coming.
Tyus Bowser’s house was standing room only as friends, family and teammates gathered to watch the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night.
Bowser was projected as a late first-round, early second-round selection, but the former John Tyler and University of Houston pass rusher was not drafted.
Nonetheless, Bowser remained in high spirits.
“Just fine, just waiting for my name to get called,” Bowser said Thursday night. “It’s kind of a crazy draft. We’ll see how it goes.”
“I’m just a guy waiting for his name to get called.”
Though Bowser wasn’t selected on Thursday, the house is expected to be full again on Friday night as the draft continues starting with Round 2 at 6 p.m.
Since Bowser wasn’t chosen, the loudest cheers of the night came when Whitehouse’s Mahomes was selected No. 10 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It’s awesome,” Bowser said of Mahomes. “He’s a childhood friend I grew up with, had great games going up against him at Whitehouse when we played against each other and did a great job at Texas Tech. I’m absolutely proud of him.”
The moment of greatest anticipation Thursday night came when the Cowboys picked at No. 28.
Friends and family, many in Cowboys jerseys, were disappointed to see Dallas instead pick another pass rusher, Taco Charlton.
“It’s a good pick,” Bowser said. “I’ve met him a couple times. He’s a cool guy, really good guy. Good pick for them.”
Former John Tyler and Houston quarterback Greg Ward, himself a draft hopeful at receiver, was on hand to support his teammate and praise a former opponent in Mahomes.
“I’m real happy for him,” Ward said of Mahomes. “He’s finally getting the respect he needs.
“He’s been grinding since we were younger. He was always a baller. He did the same thing in college. I’m just ready for Tyus to go.”
Ward, like the others in the full house, is hoping to see Bowser drafted soon.
“I think his chances are very high,” Ward said. “I’m just praying right now.”
Ward said he plans to spend the next couple days with his family as he awaits word on his NFL destination, one of many JT players hopeful of being drafted along with Mississippi State’s Fred Ross and Stephen F. Austin’s Justice Liggins, both receivers.
“You see all the hard work we’ve put it, it’s just finally paying off,” Ward said.