Former Clemson star defensive end Da’Quan Bowers dealt with knee injuries during college, and they may not stop any time soon.
Senior writer for NFL.com Steve Wyche reported Tuesday: “The medical re-check of Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers last weekend showed signs of potential long-term arthritis and some weakness in his surgically repaired right knee.”
Bowers, at one point thought to be the #1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has seen his draft stock plummet in recent months. The 21-year-old ACC defensive player of the year, consensus First-Team All-American, Nagurski Award winner, and Ted Hendricks Award winner will be drafted. That is not a question. The question is whether a team will take a risk and draft him in the top 10, or if he will fall into the waiting arms of a “winning” team.
To be fair, Bowers is still very early in the rehabilitation process with his knee. It is not out of the ordinary for a healthy knee to be stronger than a recently surgically repaired knee. There is no way of predicting with 100% accuracy whether Bowers will suffer chronic knee issues (primarily with arthritis), or not. But this report will undoubtedly plant a seed of doubt in NFL franchises across the country.
Read the full article from NFL.com here.