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Knee questions leave Da’Quan Bowers as most talented player available

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When Da’Quan Bowers declared for the NFL draft three months ago, there was talk that he could be the first player selected overall. Then doctors started poking around his knee, and now he’s still waiting to hear his name called on Day 2.

Most draft boards list Bowers as the best player available, which could mean that the Patriots will take him with the first pick in the second round, or could mean that they’ll field calls today from teams wanting to trade up and grab him.

But it might also be the case that the medical reports on Bowers’ knee were even worse than previously believed, and a large number of teams took Bowers off their draft boards entirely.

Bowers’ agent, Joe Flanagan, tried to put the best spin on the situation he could on Thursday night.

The reality is the knee is assessed 32 ways by 32 different clubs,” Flanagan said. “What we know is that Dr. [James] Andrews and a number of other doctors that examined Da’Quan felt good about the short and long-term term prospects of the knee. But, obviously, there were some teams that were concerned about the knee, and I think that was reflected tonight. Ultimately, we feel very strongly that Da’Quan’s knee is going to hold up, not only in the short term but the long term.”

If he’s right, some team is going to get a second-round steal tonight.

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24 Responses to “Knee questions leave Da’Quan Bowers as most talented player available”
  1. duanethomas says: Apr 29, 2011 7:46 AM

    Translating what agent Joe Flanagan really said “Despite our best attempt to snoocker all the teams into believing my client doesnt have the knee of 65 year old man, they didnt fall for it. Now my hope is he gets picked as early as possible today so I can at least break even on all the money I’ve laid out so far”……..

  2. Davo says: Apr 29, 2011 7:53 AM

    Thinking the Patriots will actually use pick 33 is like believing in Santa Clause.

  3. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Apr 29, 2011 8:03 AM

    poor kid. dream job now in jeopardy.
    maybe he wouldn’t have knee issues if he hadn’t played so many years of football 😉
    the irony.

  4. packattack1967 says: Apr 29, 2011 8:06 AM

    Maybe its because Da’Quan wouldnt look good on the ring of honor anyway

  5. chuckyd97 says: Apr 29, 2011 8:23 AM

    Let’s see how the Patriots work this one out. I guarantee they’ll get 6 1st round picks for their 33rd pick tonight to pick this kid up. The patriots are sneaky bastards!!!!!

  6. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 29, 2011 8:25 AM

    I hope he’s a New York Giant.

  7. kevinfromphilly says: Apr 29, 2011 8:30 AM

    Well, at least he can still be the first player chosen – on day two.

  8. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 29, 2011 8:30 AM

    “The reality is the knee is assessed 32 ways by 32 different clubs,” Flanagan said.


    And all 32 passed on him. What does that tell you?

  9. faderwader says: Apr 29, 2011 8:39 AM

    Forget taking a QB, take a risk on this kid, Bengals! Second round picks have worked out really well lately with some risky choices…. great value….please!

  10. chapnastier says: Apr 29, 2011 8:39 AM

    I think this guy is going to have a major chip on his shoulder and will be a steal for anyone at this point.

  11. imongo says: Apr 29, 2011 8:47 AM

    I rarely have anything nice to say about college or pro football players…Da’Quan Bowers is someone you want to see succeed in life; good kid, good family, fantastic college career. Will be a second round pick.

  12. bmue42 says: Apr 29, 2011 8:52 AM

    he prob wished he would have paid a lil more attention in class now, thats why you stay for your degree

  13. gugurich says: Apr 29, 2011 8:53 AM

    I hope his decision to continue playing on an injured knee didn’t irreparably damage it. He sucked it up for his college team and might have cost himself tens of millions of dollars. Hope he becomes one of those draft stories of a great player falling erroneously because of the medical.

  14. nbaraie says: Apr 29, 2011 8:55 AM

    If I told you the Bills were gonna draft Dareus and Bowers you all would have said I’m crazy. It looks like the Bills have a great chance on making this happen.

  15. cbusbrownie says: Apr 29, 2011 9:00 AM

    Browns will get Bowers at 37. There’s gonna be one huge chip on that man’s shoulder this season. Go get’em Heckert.

  16. buffalocozzmo says: Apr 29, 2011 9:23 AM

    Wouldn’t mind it if he ends up in Buffalo, lining up next to Marcel Darius.

  17. mataug says: Apr 29, 2011 10:03 AM

    I can see the Pats leaving this draft with 3 first round picks in the 2012 draft. Of course they don’t use all of them, so why bother.

  18. mattyc says: Apr 29, 2011 10:04 AM

    Seeing the Browns vision (Jauron = 02′ Bears…. Ted Washington/Keith Traylor = Rubin/Taylor) I can see the Browns going two ways with this pick, depending on which Tampa 2 copy they are studying.
    1 Bowers = Phillip Daniels, Bears
    2 Brooks Reed/J. Sheard = Simeon Rice, Bucs

    Could go either way.

  19. thefiesty1 says: Apr 29, 2011 10:14 AM

    Talent doesn’t mean much if you can’t stay out of the whirlpool. Take a chance? Someone will soon. Did he take a cot with him to the green room?

  20. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Apr 29, 2011 10:19 AM

    “Coach” Davis doesnt care what the doctors reports say. He signed a crippled Javon Walker to a huge $$$ contract then even talked him out of retirement……

    As soon as Al wakes up NE will be on the phone asking for the Raiders 1st pick next year plus this years 2nd and 4th….. Question will be does Al want a really fast CB he could get in round 3 with the Raider pick in round 2. Then he can use next years round 1 pick on another really fast CB. You can never have to many fast CBs in the “Coach” Davis vanilla man to man no blitz D…..

  21. pastabelly says: Apr 29, 2011 10:40 AM

    With such a valuable pick, it makes no sense for Belichick to draft someone with so many question marks. This isn’t like Gronkowski slipping because he missed a season with a standard injury or Hernandez slipping because he enjoys smoking some weed. This is an inconsistent player with serious health concerns.

  22. help me says: Apr 29, 2011 11:32 AM

    “The reality is the knee is assessed 32 ways by 32 different clubs,” Flanagan said.


    No, the reality is the knee was assessed the same way by all 32 clubs. Nice spin, Mr. Agent.

  23. granadafan says: Apr 29, 2011 1:10 PM

    This agent is joke. We heard him angrily chastising the media for questioning the knee prior to the NFL combine and the pro day. He guarenteed that the knee would be 100% and the doubters would be eating their words. He also said the reports of knee concerns were “100% Inaccurate”. Look up “Flanagan” in the search box above.

    I feel bad for Bowers or any young player whose dreams may be dashed because of health concerns, but the agent, Joe Flanagan, is making his client look like a fool.

  24. tjbucs says: May 1, 2011 1:07 AM

    I am so glad that we have so many experts out there that know everything there is to know about Bowers and knee issues.There ar knee injuies and then agian there are KNEE INJURIES. If Cadillac Williams can overcome what he did then Bowers problem should be a piece of cake. I know one thing, why not take a chance on this kid!! What are you losing? A second round draft pick. Big Deal!!! This kid is going to have a major chip on his shoulder and will want to make sure that every team that passed on him realizes what a big big mistake that was. I recall another player that slipped in the draft for the Buccaneers due to an immature mistake that he made. His name was SAPP and that worked out pretty well for the Buccaners. I think this kid can possibly be even better than SAPP. I think the rewards far outweigh the risk. Let nature take its course. If he doesn’t work out, OH WELL!!!, but if he does there are going to be 31 other teams that will be crying the blues. Great job Coach Morris and GM Dominik. GO BUCS

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