2011 NFL Draft Results: All 2nd Round Picks, Da'Quan Bowers a Steal at No. 51?
2011 NFL Draft Results Provide Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Nation's Sack Leader
2011 NFL Draft Results Pick No. 51: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Not often does one go from perennial No. 1 overall pick all the way down to No. 51 overall. But that's exactly what happened to Da'Quan Bowers.
Bowers' stock freefalled after having a poor showing at the NFL combine and word surfaced that the January surgery that he had on his knee was still holding him back.
But the Buccaneers could only ignore the knee issues in the first round round, when he was still there for them in the second round they pulled the trigger.
He’s the most dynamic pass-rusher in the draft and a freakish athlete. But he tumbled beyond all expectations as concerns about what could be a chronic knee problem surfaced and continued to grow.
The Bucs supposedly considered Bowers in the first round at No. 20. But that’s where the law of diminishing returns might have played a role. Instead, the Bucs went the safer route and chose Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn. He’s not as dynamic a pass-rusher as Bowers, but he’s a complete defensive end and doesn’t come with a lot of questions.
As luck would have it, the Bucs got the guy they thought was a safe choice and the guy that they wanted and they're that much better for it.
In just two years, Tampa Bay has successfully restocked their defensive line with young talents. Last year they selected tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price. This year, they added a pair of ends.
At that point in the draft, Bowers became a risk worth taking.
Considering he actually played last season with a torn meniscus, he's a guy with a high motor that plays the game at high level. Work ethic is not a concern.
That said, he'll have a great chance to develop in Tampa Bay, which is a franchise known for bringing along some of the best linemen in the league.
With Bowers on a mission to prove the other 31 teams in the league wrong, these young Bucs will be a scary defensive force next season.
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