If Bowers falls, Lions may catch him

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Following his shaky Pro Day performance, the health and draft stock of Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been one of the most hotly debated topics in the league.

Some folks don’t believe he’ll even slip out of the top ten, and a report came out Sunday that the Bills passed Bowers on his team physical.  Other reports suggest he could fall out of the top 20 picks.

SI.com’s Peter King suggests the Lions wouldn’t let that happen.

“Detroit really likes Da’Quan Bowers, bad knee and all, and could take him at 13,” King writes in MMQB.  (Or perhaps they are trying to pull the Jedi mind trick on the Vikings, who pick 12th, to get them to take Bowers.)

Medical evaluations from the 32 teams won’t necessarily all agree.  King writes one team doctor suggested taking Bowers off the board because he might need microfracture surgery.

But as we’ll hear plenty of times in the next few weeks, it only takes one team to fall in love.

17 responses to “If Bowers falls, Lions may catch him

  1. yes, that’s fine. as long as it’s not my team. hard enough to hit on draft picks; why start with one who is already injured?

  2. If we draft him at 19, I may start to think Jerry Reese has an unnatural love for defensive ends….

  3. Exactly my point in earlier posts, but the guy is a beast, no doubt.

    IF, IF, IF healthy, he’d be a Suh-like counterpart…but do you take the chance when things are progressing so well?

  4. “one team doctor suggested taking Bowers off the board because he might need microfracture surgery”

    Tough break, thats probably one of the worse things a GM could hear when making there selection.

  5. I hope that’s just posturing. Lions are already stacked on the line we need a cb or ot way worse

  6. LB and CB are the immediate needs of the lions and i thought you use your high draft picks for immediate needs unless there is no one at those positions worth the picks after you get a LB and CB then you go OL then if you want to go DL thats cool why use your first pick at position that has great starters and good back ups

  7. He’s young, so full recovery from micro-fracture surgery is quite high. It just will probably cost him a year.

    I don’t know that I love him as a first rounder (despite what some may think), but I don’t see this as a serious issue if you think he’s an elite talent.

    In 3-4 years, the lions could have the best DL in football if that pick works out.

  8. “If Bowers falls, Lions may catch him”
    But after further review by the league, it will be deemed incomplete…

  9. Bowers was projected early on as a possible number one overall pick, so I see this as highly possible for the Lions if they’re not overly concerned about his knee.

    The immediate need for an offensive tackle has been overblown. The Lions were 4th best in sack percentage allowed last year. They also spent a 4th round draft pick on OT Jason Fox last year, knowing he’d need the better part of a year to recover from a knee injury sustained in college.

    Since Mayhew seems to be a big proponent of the best-player-available draft strategy, Bowers might just be their guy.

  10. Shaky prod day performance – just what the Lions need. That’ll insure a typical 8-8 or 7-9 season every year.

  11. 1. If we go OL it WONT be a tackle, it’ll be a guard.

    2. Mayhew wont get fancy, no matter who he selects he will do so with 100% belief that he is “the guy” and, considering his track record in 2 years, who is anyone to argue that what Mayhew thinks, sees and believes?

    3. Chicago, you’re ’bout to be owned punks and Pack, congrats on a terrific 2010 season, we’re comin’

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