Joe Flanagan of BTI Sports sent out an e-mail to media members today stating that his client, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, will have his own workout instead of participating with the rest of his former teammates in the Tigers' scheduled pro day.
"Da'Quan Bowers will hold a private workout at Clemson's campus on April 1, 2011, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Da'Quan is eagerly looking forward to his opportunity to work out in front of NFL coaches and decision-makers.
Recent reports that Da'Quan's knee has not healed as well as expected are 100% inaccurate. Contrary to those reports, Da'Quan has progressed well ahead of schedule."
Bowers, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 overall rated player after a very strong junior season (26 TFL, 15.5 sacks) where he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defender, stated at the Combine that he was "100%" but would not work out in order to get the same workout schedule available to all of his healthy compatriots.
Certainly team doctors at the Combine gave teams their opinion on Bowers' knee last week, but meniscus surgeries are typically not something that lead to long-term problem with the efficiency of today's medical procedures.
Bowers will likely have to go back to Indianapolis on April 8 with other prospects (the list is not released to the public) with recent injuries/surgeries to get a medical "re-check" so teams have the most up-to-date information available.
A thumbs-up from doctors and great workout at Clemson April 1 is needed to prevent any late April's Fools jokes at Bowers' expense when the draft begins nearly four weeks later.
--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter