Report: Bowers “really struggled” at Pro Day

We knew that Da’Quan Bowers’ Pro Day on Friday was important after several reports have come out this month indicating that teams are worried about his knee. Unfortunately for Bowers, it doesn’t appear as though he put those concerns to rest.

According to Pro Football Weekly, Bowers “really struggled” at his workout on Friday.

He clearly looked fatigued, and left evaluators strongly questioning whether he will be ready in his first season. One evaluator in attendance estimated that Bowers’ knee appeared to be 70 percent healthy, at best.

“If he falls to us, we would have to discuss it,” said one evaluator, whose team holds a pick in the back half of the first round, “and I’m not sure we would pull the trigger. We’ll listen to our doctors. He had a real difficult time bending. I question whether he will be ready.”

Another evaluator added: “He’s not ready. He was hobbling around out there. The shuttles were bad. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. He cost himself millions of dollars.”

Ouch. Once regarded as a top-5 pick, it appears as though he’ll fall considerably at the end of the month. There’s always a chance that teams are sending out negative vibes about him in hopes that he’ll fall, but there hasn’t been one positive report about his knee since he had it scoped following the 2010 season.

Making matters worse for Bowers is that this year’s defensive end class is deep. North Carolina’s Robert Quinn, Missouri’s Aldon Smith, Cal’s Cameron Jordan, Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn, Ohio State’s Cameron Heyward, Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt, Georgia’s Justin Houston (considered to be a “tweener”) and Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan are all regarded as first round picks. It would be easy for a defensive end-needy team to simply move Bowers down and one of those prospects up, causing Bowers to fall. Of course, depending on how far he drops, he could also be considered a major bargain. (Assuming his knee does eventually heal, of course.)

We’ll see. There’s still a month before the draft and that means a month of recovery more of recovery for Bowers. This news is certainly disappointing but who knows what teams are thinking at this point? His draft fate will be decided soon enough.

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Report: Clemson’s Bowers removed from two draft boards

ESPN’s Todd McShay is reporting that two teams have already removed defensive end Da’Quan Bowers from their draft boards.

From Rotoworld:

“I already know of two teams that have failed him,” McShay said on Thursday morning’s SportsCenter. “He’s off their board.” McShay’s statement is eerily similar to Peter King’s in Monday Morning Quarterback. We’ll give McShay the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn’t rip the info off King. Either way, McShay makes it sound like Bowers’ knee problem is a big concern in league circles. Many in the media have tried to downplay the injury.

Dear Lord, are there any good reports on this poor kid? Every time I find an article on Bowers’ pre-draft status, it’s always negative.

There’s no doubt about it: his Pro Day on Friday is crucial. There’s one way for him to put rumors to rest and that’s by going out and proving to teams that his knee is fine. If he struggles, then there’s no telling how far he could fall in late April.

Two months ago this was a prospect that was seemingly guaranteed to be selected in the top-5 and now he might not even crack the top-10. We’ll have a good idea on Friday just where his draft stock really is. If Bowers slides, it’ll be interesting to see how far prospects like Von Miller, Julio Jones and Cameron Jordan will rise.

More concerns emerge about Da’Quan Bowers’ knee

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about how Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers’ draft stock may be falling due to a knee injury and this report from the Denver Post does nothing to refute that claim.

According to the report, “several teams” insist that Bowers’ knee surgery was more serious than the defensive end claimed. Bowers had arthroscopic knee surgery following the season and was only able to participate the bench press at February’s scouting combine. He has also postponed his Pro Day from March 10 to April 1 as he continues to try and recover from what was thought to be a minor knee scope.

For Bowers’ sake, I hope he performs well at his Pro Day and he can put the concerns about his knee to rest. He’s a bona fide top 5 prospect and was a terrific player at Clemson. He’s strong, long-armed and extremely athletic. He has excellent closing speed for his size and could turn out to be a very good edge rusher in the NFL. But the concerns about his knee could cause him to drop out of the top 10 and while he would wind up being a steal for whichever team drafted him later in the first, it would cost him millions in the process.

One thing to keep in mind is that some teams will attempt to sabotage a prospect in hopes that he’ll fall in the draft. But it’s not like this is the first time that a media outlet has reported problems about Bowers’ knee. We’ll just have to wait and see if he can perform at his Pro Day in April and convince teams at the top of the draft that he’s still worthy of being selected among the first five of picks.

Is Da’Quan Bowers’ stock falling?

Nick Fairley can take solace in the fact that he isn’t the only defensive line prospect whose stock appears to be falling the closer we get to the draft.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports is reporting that Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was “flagged” by physicians on his medical examination at the scouting combine two weeks ago due to a knee injury. Bowers only participated in the bench press at the combine and has postponed his Pro Day from March 10 until April 1 as he continues to recover from what was thought to be a minor knee scope.

Since the end of the college football season, Bowers has been viewed as potential top-5 pick. But players with medical concerns fall all the time in the draft. Texas’ linebacker Sergio Kindle was viewed as a top-15 pick last year before concerns about his medical history caused him to drop all the way to No. 43 (Ravens) in the second round. After having surgery to repair a sports hernia in 2008, Maryland Clemson defensive lineman Phillip Merling (also considered a first round pick) fell to the Dolphins at No. 32 at the top of the second round.

Of course, just because Kindle and Merling fell doesn’t mean that Bowers will, too. Kindle and Merling were considered first round picks by many draft pundits, but neither of them was viewed as a top-5 prospects like Bowers is. Still, Bowers’ knee injury is a major concern and there’s a possibility that he could fall out of the top 10 if enough teams are scared off by this latest information. (Or if he doesn’t perform well at his Pro Day in April.)

This is considered a very deep draft for defensive linemen, so who knows how far Bowers will fall if he gets out of the top-10 picks. That said, assuming he fully recovers from the knee surgery at some point this offseason, he could wind up being the steal of the first round depending on how far he drops.

In my latest mock, I have the Bills selecting Bowers at No. 3 (although this latest information may have considerably changed things).

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