Only 17 months ago, former Armwood blue-chipper Byron Cowart was off the college football grid and attending classes at Hillsborough Community College. Recruitniks universally had deemed him a bust.Today, he’s a Belichick guy.A defensive end who washed out after two-plus seasons at Auburn before resuscitating his career last year at Maryland, Cowart was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round (No. 159 overall) on Saturday.He becomes the fourth Hawks alumnus to be drafted, joining offensive tackle Mike Pearson (Jaguars, second round, 2002), tailback Matt Jones (Redskins, third round, ’15) and safety Leon McQuay III (Chiefs, sixth round, ’17).Former Armwood quarterback Josh Grady is Cowart’s agent. Related: Former Armwood star Byron Cowart a bust no more “New England’s taking a chance on a guy that has talent,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. “Started to really see the light this year, and maybe he can carry some of that momentum into his NFL career.”The nation’s No. 1-ranked recruit (by ESPN and Rivals) in 2015, Cowart signed with Auburn that February. Lacking maturity and an appreciation for the rigors of major college football, he never made a start in 26 games for the Tigers.He left two games into the 2017 season in part to be closer to his ailing mother in Tampa, and signed with Maryland in December of that year.He mostly redeemed himself in his lone season with the Terrapins, starting as an end in a 3-4 scheme and totaling 38 tackles, a pair of interceptions and a forced fumble. Three of his five tackles for loss were sacks. Contact Joey Knight at email@example.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.