Da’Quan Bowers has mixed performance at Pro Day

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Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers set out on Friday to put any medical concerns about his knee behind him.

The results of his much anticipated Pro Day may not satisfy everyone.  Depending on whose clock you trusted, Bowers ran anywhere from 4.85 to over five seconds in the forty-yard dash.    The consensus average seemed to be in 4.9’s.

That is a slower than expected time for the 276-pound defensive end.  (For comparison, UNC’s Robert Quinn reportedly beat 4.6 on Thursday.)

Bowers’ other times were solid.  Tony Pauline of SI.com reports Bowers’ average short shuttle times were in the mid 4.4’s.  Broad jump was 9”2′.  He had a 34.5 inch vertical and a 6.95 in the three-cone drill.   (Both very impressive.)

Bowers also reportedly looked rusty and a little winded in drills.  That’s not a huge surprise after a long layoff from football.

“I’m stiff and I can do it. If you can’t, you must be real stiff!” Dolphins coach Bryan Cox said at one point to motivate Bowers, via Draftbreakdown.com. (Cox and Bowers talked for a while afterward and may be close.)

Bowers will get a medical re-check in Indianapolis to send out to teams next week.  Once seen as a potential No. 1 pick, his lack of consistent production at Clemson combined with the medical concerns could put Bowers seemingly anywhere in the top 12-15 picks.

UPDATE: Bowers called the performance “pretty good” according to Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald.   He sounded disappointed by the forty time but thought the other tests went well.

10 responses to “Da’Quan Bowers has mixed performance at Pro Day

  1. Bowers was sort of damned if he did and damned if he didn’t do a Pro Day because he got out of shape recovering from knee surgery. The timing of the situation probably couldn’t have been worse for him. Only a positive medical re-check will get his draft stock back in the top 10.

  2. Bryan Cox speaks in text/twitter format? How does one yell, “If u can’t, u must be a real stiff!” Everytime I say u in reference to another person, it comes out as you.

  3. Looks like a mixed bag in regards to the numbers. 40 time was never that important for him – he was viewed as a power end, a guy who might be able to play at 300 pounds and be on the edge. That said, explosion was a question, and in terms of those numbers, it’s solid, but not special. Quickness was also another question, and he put up an excellent 3-cone number (would’ve been 4th for DL at combine). Shuttle times were solid, but not special as well.

    At the end of the day, if you draft Bowers, you have to know what you are getting. You are getting a power end who potentially can kick inside on pass rushing downs. You aren’t getting a pure edge guy. I still like Bowers and think he can be a consistent 6-8 sack guy at his peak, with a few seasons better than that.

  4. When Brian Cox talks on the radio, do people hear the letter ‘u’ for the word ‘you?’

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