Friday, April 1, 2011
Bowers likely didn't do enough to be No. 2
By Bill Williamson
Da'Quan Bowers answered questions about his health Friday at his pro day.
However, the Clemson defensive end didn’t perform as well as he hoped. Bowers ran a slower-than-expected 40-yard dash, putting a damper on an otherwise solid performance.
The key for Bowers, who led the nation with 15.5 sacks in 2010, was to prove his health. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in January. There have been rampant reports in the past several weeks that Bowers wasn’t recovering well and that teams were concerned. His showing Friday should quiet those concerns.
Still, it would be an upset if Denver took Bowers with the No. 2 pick at this point. Denver was previously intrigued by Bowers partly because he reminded the team of Julius Peppers, who played for new coach John Fox in Carolina. I think the only way Denver could take Bowers is if it traded down to the No. 5-7 range.
Denver’s brass wasn’t at Bowers pro day because Washington quarterback Jake Locker is visiting Denver on Friday. However, Bowers is set to visit Denver on Monday. Denver did have a small contingent led by college scouting director Matt Russell, at Clemson on Friday.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter writes that Bowers’ stock is dropping. It will be interesting to see how his pro day affects his stock, either positively because of his health or negatively because of his poor 40 time.