We haven’t heard much from the most popular knee in football (seriously, how does Da’Quan Bowers’ knee not have its own Twitter account yet?) since the Scouting Combine re-check over the weekend. The first reports are in, and Bowers received more than just a passing grade.
Citing a league source, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-dealer reports that Bowers’ injured knee that required surgery in January to repair a meniscus tear looked good during a physical. In fact, Cabot writes the knee checked out so well that Bowers only required the physical, and didn’t have to undergo an MRI or another X-ray.
This will only add to what is quickly becoming the most unpredictable landing spot of the draft. As Gagnon wrote previously, there’s a sizable gap in opinion between draft experts like Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, leading to the conclusion that Bowers could become this year’s free-faller.
That’s an easy conclusion to come to after the pedestrian 40-time Bowers posted during his Pro Day. Some teams may be able to look past his time of 4.85 and label him as an elite talent who’s steadily recovering from major surgery, while others may deem the injury risk too great to invest an early first-round pick.
The latter half of that scenario led McShay to forecast a tumble all the way to the 20th overall pick in the first round, while in our latest mocks two weeks ago Gagnon and I were more conservative, placing him at 11th and 12th.
That rust during drills added to anxiety surrounding Bowers. Throw in rumours of microfracture surgery, and Bowers’ stock was falling faster than the White Star Shipping Line’s circa 1912.
Not so fast, says Cabot.
One team examining him lately said the knee looked great, and the re-check in Indy could boost his draft stock again. Bowers is one of the players the Browns are considering with their No. 6 overall pick, and they’re permitted to examine the knee themselves when he’s in town.
Bowers will indeed be visiting the fine city of Cleveland as part of his busy week collecting air miles. With each poke and prod that knee receives during his travels, Bowers’ future place of employment–and his paycheck–could be changing.