King Jumps On Bowers-To-Bucs BandwagonApril 4th, 2011
Popcorn-shoveling oatmeal expert Peter King, of Sports Illustrated, is veering from his previous take that the Bucs might be wise to grab running back Mark Ingram in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Now, in King’s must-read Monday Morning Quarterback column, he’s echoing the thoughts of draft guru Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski — that defensive end Da’Quan Bowers will free fall into the Bucs’ lap.
3. I think the Bowers drop could be a very good thing for Atlanta or Tampa Bay. The Falcons, picking 27th in the first round, are almost certainly too low for Bowers, but the Bucs, who have assumed all along he’ll be long gone by the time they choose at number 20, might be mistaken. Either way, both teams have a long-term rush need. Maybe they’ll determine by the time of the draft Bowers has lost too much and doesn’t have the speed they need to be a rush end. But at least he’s in their ballpark now instead of being in the top-five area.
Bowers is returing from relatively minor knee surgery and didn’t run well at his April 1 workout. Joe’s not really concerned, but maybe the Bucs should be.
Joe has a feeling Keith Millard can and will do wonders with the Bucs defensive line, but Millard can’t coach a guy out of injuries. If the Bucs grab a defensive end from this huge draft class of DEs, going with a guy sans medical red flags might be the smart route.