Wide receiver or pass rusher? Well, the debate is only heating up as the NFL Draft creeps closer. A day after the Browns welcomed Troy wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers will be in Berea on Tuesday, April 12, National Football Post's Aaron Wilson and The OBR's Brent Sobleski reported.
Bowers (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) is among the pass rushing defensive lineman the Browns may target. Last season, Bowers finished with 25 tackles for a loss and 15.5 sacks. The latter statistic led the nation. Some scouts perceive Bowers as the type of player who fits a 4-3 scheme, which the Browns are employing next season, and he will be rushing quarterbacks for years to come. But Bowers was a one-year wonder. In 2008 and 2009, he played in 25 games and combined had 18.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks.
Meanwhile, in 2010, the Browns pass rush was non-existent. Cleveland finished tied with Washington for 25th in the NFL with 29 sacks, behind league leader Pittsburgh (48).
Some have compared Bowers to former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, as both have a burst off the snap and both have shown the ability to get to the quarterback.
As quickly as Bowers' draft stock improved after the college football season, on April 1, Bowers' pro day at Clemson did not produce positive reports.
"If he was trying to prove he was recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery in January, he wasn't quite convincing. His 40-yard dash times were slower than anyone would expect from a healthy Bowers. Two scouts said they had his times at 4.96 and 4.94 seconds, with one adding "the two guys behind me had him over 5.0.
"That's no good for a guy banking on his burst, the kind of pass rush that allowed him to accumulate 15.5 sacks for the Tigers last season."
Bowers said his knee was fine, but it will be a topic of conversation when he tours Berea on Tuesday. For now, enjoy Bowers' highlight video. Oh, if you don't like Eminem or bad words, turn down the volume on your Internet machine now.