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Friday, April 29, 2011
Charting Da'Quan Bowers' fall

By Pat Yasinskas

We talked quite a bit about Da'Quan Bowers' slide deep into the second round before Tampa Bay took the Clemson defensive end at No. 51.

But, thanks to the folks at ESPN’s Stats & Information, we can quantify Bowers’ fall, which presumably was related to numerous reports of concerns about a knee problem.

Anyway, let’s take a look at how Bowers slid in some prominent mock drafts. Let’s turn first to ESPN draft guru Todd McShay. His first mock draft appeared on Feb. 10 and Bowers was listed as the No. 1 overall pick. McShay’s next mock came on March 16 and Bowers dropped to No. 6. In mock drafts that came out April 6 and April 20, Bowers was at No. 20. In McShay’s final mock on Thursday, Bowers was at No. 27.

Now, let’s slide over to our other draft guru, Mel Kiper. In his first mock draft, Bowers was No. 4 and he jumped up to No. 2 in Kiper’s second mock. His fall in Kiper’s eyes started in the third mock when he dropped to No. 8. In the fourth mock, Bowers was No. 12. In Kiper’s final mock, Bowers was No. 24.