After dominating the colligate ranks in 2010, Da’Quan Bowers elected to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. At 6-foot-3, 280-pounds Bowers was considered a consensuses top three pick that is until a bothersome knee injury that required surgery to repair a torn meniscus forced him to sit out agility tests at the scouting combine. Now there’s been speculation that Bowers underwent something similar to micro fracture surgery that may impede him from every reaching his full potential at the NFL level. With his stock dropping and general managers removing him from there respective draft boards Mark Dominik told Jim Corbett, of the USA Today that:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said Bowers remains on his draft board.
“He’s a great kid, great prospect,” Dominik said. “Everybody’s trying to make sure where they have him on the board, what’s the right spot for him.
“At the end of the day, the guy is a dominating football player who did a great job this year.”
Now, whether or not Dominik is telling the truth is a whole different story in and of its self. Shortly after a disappointing pro day Bowers knee surgery and subsequent rehabilitation has been the subject of great NFL consternation amid a whirlwind of negative publicity. So much so that Bowers stock has plummeted since it has been leaked that it quite possibly could be a “career threatening” type of injury.
I for one, trust that Dominik and the organization. Will do there due diligence when digging into to Bowers medical situation. Now comes the hard part by chance he is sitting on the board when the Bucs are on the clock at the twentieth pick and the rest of the defensive ends are gone. If there are doubts do you roll the dice and take a chance on Bowers and his surgically repaired knee in the hopes it was all just false rumors?