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Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

Posted on: January 5, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's nearly impossible for a defensive end to have a better season than Clemson junior Da'Quan Bowers had in 2010. Bowers led the nation in sacks, tied Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan for most tackles for loss, was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous first-team All-American, and won the Ted Hendricks Award in December. How many more exclamation points does one college career need?

To that end, Bowers surprised very few by declaring for the NFL draft today. Here's his statement released to the media, via The Herald:

"I want to thank everyone at Clemson for all they have done for me the last three years. I want to especially thank Coach (Dabo) Swinney and his staff for helping me develop on the field, and mature as a person, he said.

You hear people talk about the Clemson family, and when my father passed this past summer, I saw that first hand. There is a great support system at Clemson. The coaches and players were all there for me and I will never forget that.

I also want to thank my teammates for all the support the last three years. I would not have received these honors this year without them. I made lifelong friends at Clemson.

I feel I am ready to go to the next level and I look forward to working hard in preparation for the draft.”

It's hard to disagree that Bowers is ready; he was an elite prospect coming out of high school, and he's grown into a 6'4", 280-pound terror in just three years at the collegiate level. Bowers has even drawn comparisons to Reggie White and Bruce Smith from NFL draft analysts, and while those are certainly lofty goals, Bowers seems like the best prospect to meet those two's standards since, well, them. It's time for Bowers to start working toward those new goals and get paid handsomely to do so.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:07 am
 

Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:40 am
 

Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

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Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Ryan Williams gone too

Kid will do well in the NFL




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

This kid is a beast!!!!  Whom ever lands him will be very fortunate not lets hope he does well at the combine because if he blows people away, the raiders may trade up to get him, afterall, Al Davis only drafts based on combine numbers and physical specs!!!LOL!



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

Nick Fairley to Denver.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with the process but it amazes me when I think of how the rest of this athlete's life will be changed by who drafts him in April.  Some dropped pass in September; some fumble in October or some defensive breakdown in December decided what city this young man will live in.   



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:36 am
 

Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

As a Clemson Grad.  I wish D buta'Quan all the best.  Not only is he the best I've seen, including Julius Peppers, but he1 is a class act as well!  The Bills need some Defensive help and if he goes there,  CJ Spiller and Da'Quan will re-unite, two Tigers working together!



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Da'Quan Bowers declares for NFL draft

He'll be the second pick to Denver.


PaulMorin88
Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 7:07 pm
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