Will DE Da’Quan Bowers fall to the Redskins?

With just over a month to go before the 2011 NFL Draft (the one aspect of football we are still certain will occur this year), news and tips about whom the Redskins are interested in drafting still remain scarce, at best. In mock drafts, the team has been linked to a handful of different quarterbacks (namely Cam Newton, Jake Locker, and Blaine Gabbert), several different defenders, and even some offensive lineman.

So in the spirt of complete uncertainty, we can now potentially throw in another name of a player whom was previously projected to be long gone by the time Washington makes their pick (#10 overall), due to some recent injury concerns: defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, from Clemson University.

In early, pre-scouting combine mock drafts, it was believed that Bowers would likely be long gone after the first five picks were made, and there was a strong chance that he could go #1 overall to the Carolina Panthers. But with recent reports that NFL personnel executives are concerned about an injury Bowers suffered to his knee, which required surgery in January. While Bowers representatives originally downplayed the extent of the surgery, the fact that Bowers did not participate at all in the combined, and then pushed back his Pro Day workout for NFL teams from March 10th to April 1st raises some red flags about how hurt his knee really was.

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