Bowers a good fit for Browns, Bengals?

April, 1, 2011
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Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers deemed himself 100-percent healthy following his pro day on Friday. This could be good news for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, who own the No. 4 and No. 6 overall pick, respectively.

Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks last year. He was projected to go in the top five before recent knee surgery led to concerns about his health entering the draft.

Bowers reportedly worked out in front of at least 20 teams on Friday. If he's 100 percent, as he claims, Bowers could fit well in the 4-3 defenses of the Browns and Bengals. Both AFC North teams lack a solid pass-rush, which is Bowers' best asset.

Cleveland is extremely thin at defensive end, and Bowers would have a good chance to be a Week 1 starter for the Browns. With the Bengals, the thought of pairing Bowers with second-year defensive end Carlos Dunlap (9.5 sacks) in Cincinnati could be dangerous.

Of course, the medical portion would have to check out for either team to spend such a high pick on Bowers. So it will be up to Cleveland and Cincinnati's medical staffs to do its homework over the next several weeks.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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