Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has chosen to leave the school following his junior season to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. He rates as the top prospect at his position for many draft evaluators.
After a slow start to his collegiate career (4.0 sacks in first two years), Bowers lived up to his prep hype by notching 15.5 quarterback takedowns in 2010.
- Run-stopping ability
- Extremely good hands
- Hustles until the whistle - chases plays down the line of scrimmage
- Explosive bull rush
Strength and frame (6-foot-4, 275 pounds)
Bowers No. 1 DE?
- Understands how to gain superior leverage
- Student of the game
- Hard hitter
- Needs to improve his technique and add moves to his repertoire
- Average first step
- Slow to produce at the collegiate level - one-year wonder?
- Missed two games in 2009 because of a knee injury; underwent surgery and considerable concerns regarding the health of his knee exist
Expected draft placement
Bowers is cut from the cloth of a prototypical 4-3 left defensive end. He may struggle to reach the quarterback until he improves his technique, but his upside makes him a possible top-five draft selection.
The Carolina Panthers (No. 1) could be interested in Bowers if Carolina feels they cannot re-sign Charles Johnson, but this scenario seems highly unlikely.
The Denver Broncos (No. 2) are expected to transition back into a 4-3 defense and could use a disruptive defensive end opposite Elvis Dumervil (pectoral). Bowers has the size to play end in a 3-4 alignment, but we're not fond of moving him to a rush linebacker position.
The Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4) also could be in the market for Bowers, since their pass rush has been lacking in recent years. Given his knee injury and erratic play, Bowers could slide to the Minnesota Vikings (No. 12).
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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