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Da’Quan Bowers talks about a “crazy long” draft

Da'Quan Bowers AP

Waiting was the hardest part for new Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.  Once seen as a potential No. 1 overall pick, he lasted until pick No. 51.

“The last 24 hours have been crazy-long,” Bowers said Friday night via SI.com’s Don Banks.  “It’s been grueling just waiting for that one phone call. I’m just glad for the opportunity that Tampa Bay gave me. I just want to show them that they made a great pick and it wasn’t a mistake.”

Bowers says his knee isn’t an issue, but clearly NFL teams felt differently.  There was some worry Bowers would need microfracture surgery at some point during his rookie contract.

There is a point, however, that someone as talented as Bowers is worth taking a risk on.  The Bucs badly needed pass rushing help, and they added Iowa’s Adrian Claybron and Bowers in the first two rounds.

They just added them in a different order than most people would have expected.

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8 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers talks about a “crazy long” draft”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Apr 30, 2011 10:14 AM

    Da’Quan, too, can be a f***ing warrior.

  2. polegojim says: Apr 30, 2011 10:17 AM

    Best Wishes Da’Quan.

    Would’ve loved to see you in a Lions uniform, but couldn’t take the chance this time around. Maybe we’ll get you on board later.

    Prove us all wrong and dominate.

  3. eagles7to10 says: Apr 30, 2011 10:27 AM

    Correction, he went number 51, not 53.

  4. packattack1967 says: Apr 30, 2011 10:54 AM

    Seems like a good kid, wish him well.

  5. bucyou2 says: Apr 30, 2011 11:52 AM

    Once again. Bruce Allen = garbage. Mark Domanik = gold. Bruce, thank you for sucking on such an epic scale that your firing gave the Bucs hope by giving a shot to MD.
    Sorry Skins fans…. You are gonna have quite a few years of head scratching picks until he gets fired again. Bruce is a glorified accountant.
    Anyone disagree?

  6. tangysizzl says: Apr 30, 2011 2:21 PM

    First they take Adrian Clayborn in the first who suffers from Erbs Palsy which causes weakness on one side of his body.

    Then they take Bowers in the 2nd whos knee is the talk of the entire NFL. This guy is a top 10 talent but man if the body isn’t willing, all of his talent is useless.

    Both are high risk, potential high reward players. Could blow up in their faces though, we shall see.

  7. Chris Ross says: May 1, 2011 1:34 AM

    I think the Bucs were very savvy to go with Bowers even after they had drafted Clayborne in the first round. The dude has so much upside even with his knee problems and if you put that information aside he is a possible number one pick and almost definite top 5 pick. It’s amazing to see him drop to 51. Hopefully he pans out because I think it’d be funny to see all the teams in the late 1st and early-mid 2nd that passed on him. He’s going to have a chip on his shoulder for sure and if he’s healthy could make a lot of noise.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/bang-for-the-buck/

  8. bucsballer says: May 2, 2011 10:29 AM

    I love the bucs first two picks. We needed a pass rush, there was no way we could afford to pass on bowers wen he slipped to us. Great draft gms, too bad atl stole jacquizz cause ik that was gonna be our pick

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