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Should the Cleveland Browns take Da'Quan Bowers?

By Marla Published: April 29, 2011

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, at one point projected as the first overall pick in the draft, remains available because of a serious knee issue.

He had surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee that kept him from working out at the combine. Pro Football Weekly's Nolan Nawrocki said some league executives believe Bowers could need microfracture surgery. 

The Browns passed on Bowers at No. 21 in the first round, but could have a shot at him again at No. 37. Ahead of the Browns in the second round are the Patriots, Bills, Bengals and Broncos.

Browns general manager Tom Heckert said again last night that they have no problem with Bowers' knee. If he's there at No. 37, I'd grab him. He led the nation in sacks last season with 15 1/2. The Browns could remake their defensive line virtually overnight -- first-round pick Phil Taylor of Baylor and Ahtyba Rubin at tackle, Bowers at end. They'd have to go shopping for a starting 4-3 defensive end in free agency.

The Browns would still have the 50th pick to get a wide receiver. Heckert seems to have the guts to take Bowers. At No. 37, Bowers seems to me to be worth the risk.

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