2011 NFL Mock Draft: Da'Quan Bowers' Injury Concerns Drop Him Many Spots
Da'Quan Bowers ranks among the most talented in this draft, but his injury history makes several teams balk
The 6'3'' defensive end/defensive tackle had a fantastic 2010 on the field, collecting 15.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. He matured off the field after the tragic deaths of his father and close friend, which readied him for the football field in the fall in ways unseen.
Because of this maturity, Bowers has a much different outlook and work ethic than he did early in college when he didn't work very hard on the field. The transformation really paid dividends on the field and in his draft stock, though knee surgery and the fact that he wasn't 100 percent healthy at the combine have derailed that stock a bit.
His positional and situational versatility are top-notch, as are his instincts on the line. He ranks among the top defensive linemen in the draft, but falls to 17 because of concerns that he's got chronic problems that haven't healed yet.
With picks as valuable as they are in the NFL, risking a first-rounder on a potentially injured player is not worth it.
1. Blaine Gabbert, QB 17. Da'Quan Bowers, DE
2. Marcell Dareus, DT 18. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
3. Von Miller, OLB 19. Akeem Ayers, OLB
4. Julio Jones, WR 20. Cameron Jordan, DE
5. Cam Newton, QB 21. Gabe Carimi, OT
6. A.J. Green, WR 22. Nate Solder, OT
7. Patrick Peterson, CB 23. Jimmy Smith, CB
8. Prince Amukamara, CB 24. Corey Liuget, DT
9. Tyron Smith, OT 25. Jake Locker, QB
10. Robert Quinn, DE/OLB 26. Brandon Harris, CB
11. J.J. Watt, DE 27. Adrian Clayborn, DE
12. Anthony Castonzo, OT 28. Mark Ingram, RB
13. Aldon Smith, DE 29. Stephen Paea, DT
14. Nick Fairley, DT 30. Cameron Heyward, DE
15. Mike Pouncey, C/OG 31. Aaron Williams, CB
16. Ryan Kerrigan, DE 32. Brooks Reed, DE
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