Bowers stumbles at pro-day workout

Posted April 01, 2011 @ 1:14 p.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

The way we hear it, Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers really struggled at his pro-day workout Friday morning.

According to three teams in attendance, his times in the 40-yard dash ranged from 4.94 seconds to 4.97 at 276 pounds. He vertical-jumped 34½ inches and broad-jumped 9 feet, 2 inches. He noticeably struggled bearing his weight in agility drills, knocked over a cone on his first 3-cone attempt, and clocked from 7.0 to 7.1 seconds in the 3-cone drill.

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.”

PFW compared Bowers to Cardinals 1998 third overall pick Andre Wadsworth in PFW’s 2011 Draft Preview book. It’s very possible that Bowers could slide out of the top 10 and potentially out of the first round altogether if his medical evaluation shows that microfracture surgery is required, as some teams believe will be the case. But teams will not have a final decision on his medical grade until he is reevaluated at the Combine recheck.