NFL Draft 2011: Could Defensive End Da'Quan Bowers Fall to the Eagles?

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIApril 3, 2011

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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When I did my mock draft board for the Eagles, I had Da'Quan Bowers at number two on the board.

Bowers though, had a horrible pro day and is plummeting down many draft boards. Scouts had Bowers timed in the 40 between 4.88 and 5.0, a horrid number for an edge rusher like Bowers. His broad jump was only 9'2'', and most believed he was favoring the knee opposite the one he had arthroscopic surgery on.

After his workout, Bowers said, "I think I had a decent day. I think I got the point across I was trying to get across...I just want to reassure the teams that I could compete with the guys in the top 10."

Bowers may have just done the opposite at his Pro Day.

On the NFL Network, analyst Michael Lombardi said that teams drafting between 11 and 25 will need to study Bowers because he would probably be available.

For a guy who had 15.5 sacks last season, he seemed to have a perfect blend of size, strength, and speed to be a successful defensive end in the league.

He is a natural fit as a 4-3 defensive end, who looked like a man among boys, when healthy, on the field at Clemson.

Bowers used his hands to gain leverage and could use one of his numerous pass rushing moves to disrupt the pocket.

With a great first step, he sometimes even bull rushed his way to the quarterback.

His 25 tackles for losses showed he played in the opponents backfield.

Bowers will most likely fall out of the top 10 and if the Eagles like him, could they draft a defensive end two years in a row.

Brandon Graham is coming off a serious knee injury and is not expected to return come opening day. Any production for Graham would be a plus because ACL injuries normally take two years to recover from.

The need for another defensive end is there and drafting a physical specimen like Bowers to complement Trent Cole could be another step to rebuilding the defense.

Bowers would be completely healthy come the season opener and is one of the best prospects in this draft.

Andy Reid always drafts the best player available, so if Bowers is available at 23, I would not be surprised to see the Eagles draft him.

The Eagles could certainly wait though until free agency to pick up a veteran defensive end rather than drafting another defensive end.