Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers plans to visit eight teams with top-10 picks in this year's draft, including the Browns, NationalFootballPost.com reported today.
Coincidentally, in his most recent mock draft, which was published Wednesday, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay predicted the Browns will use the sixth overall pick to select Bowers. McShay believes the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Bowers, who has often been projected as a top-five pick, could fall to the Browns because of mounting concerns about recent surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee.
"I am 100 percent," Bowers, pictured right, said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "It was a small meniscus tear. It hampered me from my first three weeks of training, which is why I am not doing anything at the combine because I feel that I want the same amount of time that everybody else had to train and fully prepare for the combine. I am going to do all my workouts on pro day."
Bowers' pro day is scheduled to be held April 1 at Clemson. A source told NationalFootballPost.com that Bowers "has been training without limitation for a long time now." NFL coaches, executives and scouts will be watching closely on April 1 to find out for themselves.
NationalFootballPost.com also reported that Eastern Kentucky All-American defensive tackle Andrew Soucy had a private workout with the Browns on Tuesday.
In addition to Soucy, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi and Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke have reportedly had private workouts set up with the Browns. Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, Wisconsin offensive lineman John Moffitt and Bowers have surfaced in reports about visiting the Browns.
Of course, the list of prospects whom the Browns will bring in will keep growing. Browns President Mike Holmgren said the team will visit with 30 of them leading up to the draft in late April.