It was only a few weeks ago that Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers was being discussed as the best available player in the 2011 draft class but concerns about his knee have dramtically impacted his draft stock and his Pro Day performance didn’t help anything.
PFW’s Nolan Nawrocki reports that three NFL teams told him that Bowers struggled today, running the 40 in the 4.9’s.
“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,” said one NFL team.
I can understand the reservation from teams to take Bowers in the first half of the draft but he has plenty of upside if he can get his knee into game shape. Draft experts have added that Bowers is a “one-year wonder” because his 2010 performance was far better than his 2009 season which I’m sure NFL teams are also aware of. Players like this can be great values for teams that are willing to take a chance on an injured player but there’s always the chance that he never recovers and ends up being a waste of a draft pick.