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2011 NFL Draft: Questions linger after Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers' workout

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 1, 2011

Updated at 3:45 p.m. April 1

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, whom the Browns could target with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft, was on a mission to prove his speed and agility have not been hindered by his surgically repaired right knee. However, questions about his health will seemingly linger following his pro day workout this morning.

Bowers' reported times in the 40-yard dash varied from 4.85 seconds to more than 5 seconds, depending on which scout was clocking him. Those times aren't exactly considered ideal for Bowers, who's 6-foot-3 1/2 and 276 pounds. By comparison, North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn reportedly ran the 40 in 4.57 seconds at his pro day on Thursday.

Bowers reportedly completed the short shuttle in 4.34-4.4 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds. His broad jump was 9 feet, 2 inches, and his vertical jump was 34 1/2 inches, according to reports.

Still, Bowers said he accomplished his goal.

"I think I had a decent day. I think I got the point across I was trying to get across," Bowers told the Associated Press. ... "The knee is fine, I'm 100 percent. I still have a lot of work to do. Still strengthening and getting it back to where it needs to be. But it's not hurting. It's not giving me any problems."

The Browns reportedly attended the workout. They have also set up an official visit with Bowers.

Bowers didn't work out at the NFL Scouting Combine in February or Clemson's pro day on March 10 because he wanted more time to train after having a torn meniscus repaired in January. In the midst of reports about NFL scouts becoming concerned about Bowers' health, his agent, Joe Flanagan, issued a statement about a week ago in which he said his client's knee has "progressed ahead of schedule."

Before the worries about his knee mounted, Bowers was often labeled as a top-five pick. He could slide to the Browns at No. 6 because of the uncertainty surrounding his health. Of course, there's also a chance the Browns could pass on him if they believe picking him would present too great of a risk.

Some draft prospects will be medically rechecked by NFL doctors April 8-9 in Indianapolis. Bowers will be one of them.

Note: Don't forget to check out the list of draft prospects who have visits or workouts scheduled with the Browns.

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