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Evaluator on Bowers: “He cost himself millions”


The reviews coming out of the pro day for Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers are becoming less mixed and more negative.

Three teams at the workout told PFW’s Nolan Nawrocki that Bowers struggled.  They had his forty times in the mid 4.9’s and don’t think his knee is healthy.

“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,” one team said.

Bowers reportedly struggled to bear his weight in agility drills.  One team in the second half of the first round said he wasn’t sure whether they’d take Bowers if available because of his health.

“He had a real difficult time bending.  I question whether he will be ready,” Nawrocki’s source said.

It’s April 1 and there is plenty of time to get ready for the season.  The key is whether teams think these health problems are lasting.

Some teams reportedly believe Bowers will eventually need microfracture surgery, which would send his stock plummeting.

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22 Responses to “Evaluator on Bowers: “He cost himself millions””
  1. Fantasy Football says: Apr 1, 2011 2:54 PM

    Wow, Bower’s agent has to get the blame for this. Why host a Pro Day to show off your skills if your hurt? Bad call. Still a top 10 though.

  2. volsunghawk says: Apr 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    But what did Nawrocki think about his smile? Genuine?

  3. phreakin says: Apr 1, 2011 3:00 PM

    You know if I was a bettin’ man, I would say certain teams with interest in him just might be putting out bad vibes on him…just sayin’…

  4. buffbill235 says: Apr 1, 2011 3:01 PM

    Someone will still take him high and if there is a rookie wage scale I doubt he cost himself millons. He’ll still be a top 16 pick, so he made the right choice to come out.

  5. whathappenedtovox says: Apr 1, 2011 3:08 PM

    UPDATE: Teams around the league are calling Nawrocki to congratulate him on another “spot on” report.

  6. bigfranky75 says: Apr 1, 2011 3:11 PM

    it isn’t the agents fault… a player of Bowers’ caliber and rep (possible top 10 pick) is pretty much forced to host a pro-day. if he didn’t that woudl send his stock plummeting too because everyoen woudl know that there is a reason behind it… dude was in a lose-lose situation…

    he is probably worth a second round pick for a team deep enough to be able to take a risk…. (ala Thurman Thomas back in the day)…

  7. kc4life7 says: Apr 1, 2011 3:13 PM

    “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,” one team said.


    That’s exactly what a team would say in the last half of the first round whether they were interested or not.

    Saying that makes other teams wonder if they’d be worthy of a top pick whether they are lying or not. You can’t believe anything that comes out of a scouts mouth during this time of year.

  8. cbusbrownie says: Apr 1, 2011 3:16 PM

    That sound you just heard was Bowers falling out of the top 10. OUCH, “..that’s gonna leave a mark”. Sorry to go Tommy Boy on ya’ll but really, am I wrong?

  9. feartheelf19 says: Apr 1, 2011 3:39 PM

    If anyone drafts him in the first round, they are out of their minds.


  10. thefiesty1 says: Apr 1, 2011 3:54 PM

    He better turn down his invite to go to the draft. He may be sitting in the green room a LONG time.

  11. bittersmuggs says: Apr 1, 2011 3:58 PM

    “He had a real difficult time bending. I question whether he will be ready,” Nawrocki’s source said.

    I guess the source is pretty oblivious about the current labor situation. What exactly is he supposed to be ready for? Minicamps? Training camp in July?

  12. pftbillsfan says: Apr 1, 2011 4:04 PM

    Wait he had a bad pro day, well that means he’s going 3 to the Bills.

  13. lgbarn says: Apr 1, 2011 4:09 PM

    Last half of the draft sounds like the Bucs…if there is any hint that this kid could get healthy before the season starts (if there is a season) then I say draft him.

  14. kinggw says: Apr 1, 2011 4:14 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you call posturing. Bowers is a top 10 talent who suffered an injury at the absolute worst time. NFL GMs know a bargain when they see one and they will try to badmouth Bowers out of the 1st and even the 2nd rounds if possible. I bet that he still goes in the first round, probably just not the top 10 or 15 picks.

  15. oldbyrd says: Apr 1, 2011 5:12 PM

    The Union could use his agent.He’s still smarter than anything they have…..Moron,,,what was he thinking. should have put it off. Better unknown then the workout the kid had.

  16. Warren Moon says: Apr 1, 2011 5:20 PM

    “Some reportedly teams …”


    Who are reportedly teams? The Bengals? The Vikings?

  17. bucfandango says: Apr 1, 2011 5:41 PM

    The Bucs might be a nice landing place for him. So he takes a year to get healthy and develop. This team is in no hurry. Good long term value if……

  18. ernestbynershands says: Apr 1, 2011 6:58 PM

    This young man is being pressured into trying to perform. Whether the pressure is from himself or others, the bad advice will cost him alot of $$$. It could cost him his career and his long term health. He may earn more by having a longer career by resting, getting healthy, and drafted lower, than by screwing screwing up his knee trying for a higher draft position.
    I’ve watched this same situation play out across the country in my career as an Athletic Trainer.
    Athletes, and sometimes their handlers, do things like this to hurt their careers. Mishandling of even minor injuries adds up to major problems years down the road. This is why the plight of former players’ health has become the major issue it has.
    Part of the
    A major reason so many former players are physically destroyed is because players and management fail to realize the significance of handling injuries appropriately. Instead of treating injured players, they teased or belittle or punish injured players into playing hurt. Thus shortening careers and significantly reducing a player’s earning potential.
    Based on the logic on display during the lockout, this type of thing will continue to happen.
    What a shame.

  19. bearsbulls34 says: Apr 1, 2011 7:30 PM

    At least with the impending rookie wage scale he won’t be losing quite as many millions.

  20. thevikes85 says: Apr 1, 2011 8:16 PM

    Warren Moon thinks this article is racist.

  21. runtheball says: Apr 1, 2011 8:36 PM

    He’ll fall to the Patriots or the Jets and be a hall of famer.

  22. ctiggs says: Apr 1, 2011 8:43 PM

    whens the last time a clemson player panned out dont say spiller

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