The mock drafts are coming fast and furious now that the Super Bowl is in the rearview mirror. The latest has the top pass rusher on the board going to Buffalo.
KFFL.com’s most recent mock has Buffalo taking Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers third overall. As talented as Bowers is some NFL scouts thinks his ideal fit is as an end in a 4-3. Still there are others that believe at 6’4″ 275 pounds and blessed with elite upper body strength that Bowers could handle a five-technique role at end in a 3-4.
Bruce Smith did it at about the same weight early in his career once he shed the baby fat he carried as a 300-pound rookie. I’m not saying Bowers is Smith, but watching Bowers on tape there is one part of his game that reminds me of Bruce. Smith had a unique way of contorting his upper torso to engage the offensive tackle, while simultaneously running upfield. His legs would be north-south, but his torso east-west as he would hand fight with the tackle all without losing any speed.
There are flashes of that ability in Bowers. Again not saying Bowers is Bruce, just saying you see some similar pass rushing characteristics at times.
Bills GM Buddy Nix confirmed their defense will be a 3-4 again in 2011, so playing end right away in that scheme could be challenge for Bowers, who to his credit does well against the run for a player known as a pass rusher.
Bowers is certainly worthy of the third overall pick, and what could make him more appealing than Auburn’s Nick Fairley is there is a greater body of work with two full seasons of top flight production.
The KFFL mock had Auburn’s Nick Fairley off the board first to Carolina followed by LSU’s Patrick Peterson to Denver.
Tags: 2011 NFL draft
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