King Jumps On Bowers-To-Bucs Bandwagon

April 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.

7 Responses to “King Jumps On Bowers-To-Bucs Bandwagon”

  1. Trox88 Says:

    Bowers must have been doing something right. Leading the nation in sacks is an impressive accomplishment. His measureables don’t concern me only the medical. Hopefully the long term prognosis for his knee is good.

  2. Gary Says:

    If he falls to us, we surely should NOT take him. If his knee was ever going to be ok, some team would take him before us if he is half as good as the hype.

    Dropping to us only means there are serious medical issues. I would rather have an above average healthy worker like kerrigan over a top flight DE who might never be healthy.

  3. Architek Says:

    Gary thats almost the same as drafting Romeus in the 3rd round who’s coming off of back surgery and an ACL.


    George Selvie led the nation in sacks one year and he was a 7th rounder…

    And George had a decent rookie year.

  5. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I really do not want Bowers here… at least not in the first round. Too big a risk.

  6. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Not contradicting you, but I’m not sure this year is worth comparing to other years. I don’t think the talent level is nearly as high.

  7. Capt.Tim Says:

    For a while they said this guy could go first! At worst case, top 5. Now they think he could fall to 20 ?!? Wow, that’s not a drop, it’s a cliff dive! Still a Lil Leary of this guy, but at Twenty- I’d jump at the chance. Potential is just to high! Buuut, it won’t happen, and we’ll draft Clayborn. That is like the worst kept romance in the draft. Bucs love him, and he’s dying ta play here. Rah and Dom are sold on him, IMO