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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Bowers shouldn't slip down Denver's draft board

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Don’t expect Da'Quan Bowers’ decision to just lift weights at the NFL combine to hurt his chances of being picked by the Denver Broncos at No. 2.

The pass-rushing Clemson defensive end is expected to be one of the players Denver seriously considers drafting. He has been compared to Julius Peppers. He played in Carolina for several years under new Denver coach John Fox.

Bowers is only lifting weights at the combine because he is mending from a minor knee surgery. He is expected to conduct his pro day workout sometime in late March. Bowers is expected to thrill NFL teams in his workout because he has the capability of doing 225 bench press in the 30-35 repetition range and run in the 40-yard dash around 4.5 seconds. He is 6-foot-4, 280 pounds.

So, the fact that Bowers will not do a full workout in Indianapolis should not hurt his draft status.