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2011 NFL Draft Profile: Da'Quan Bowers

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers of Clemson looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers of Clemson looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Alfie's Player Ranking out of 100
Projected Round: 1

Today continues my countdown to the Top 100 draftable players of the 2011 NFL Draft. We move on to my 4th ranked player, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers.

Height: 6-4

Weight: 280lbs

PROS: Very good athlete with excellent size for the defensive end position. Explosive player with a good pass rush. Disruptive when rushing the passer and knows how to push the pocket and make the quarterback move. Plays the run very well and makes plays in the backfield and for loss. Very good change of direction and is very good at flowing down the line of scrimmage and following the play. Doesn’t get caught up by offensive lineman and knows how to disengage.

CONS: Known to give up on plays early. Doesn’t stay low enough to utilize his natural lower body strength. Inconsistent player who’s production doesn’t show up week to week. Numbers were underwhelming prior to his 2010 season. Has a knee he had surgery on in the offseason that recovery has lingered and has reportedly scared some teams in the top of the draft and could cause him to fall out of the Top 10.

DEFENSE
SEASON TEAM TOT SOL AST TFL SK FF
TOTALS 149 89 60 43½ 19 2
2008 Clemson 37 21 16 8 1 0
2009 Clemson 46 27 19 10½ 3 0
2010 Clemson 66 41 25 25 15 2