Bowers Bad Pro Day Could be Good for Detroit

By ryanwest
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Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers was in the conversation for the #1 overall pick in the draft coming at the end of this month. It’s pretty safe to say that he won’t be there being drafted anywhere in the top 5.

Bowers performed badly at his pro day by looking fatigued and running an awful 40 time. Bowers’ drop puts Detroit in a tough spot. Do they want to take a risk on a guy who was a top 5 talent and performed on the field but didn’t do well in personal workouts? Does this reflect the way he works out and the type of drive he has? Should they ignore what other teams see as flaws and take him, and quite possibly have one of the best defensive lines in football with him?

These are all questions the Lions management will have to answer. If he’s the worth the risk and is the best available pick that fills a need (which he does), I don’t see why Detroit doesn’t do it. I’ve strictly been on the “Lions need to get Tyron Smith at all costs” train. I’m slowly moving off of that because of the prospects that are dropping and could be available at 13 for Detroit.

Having a dominant defensive line does wonders for a defense and in a division where the other offensive lines are sketchy at best, the Lions could wreck some havoc. As of now I’m still onboard the “Tyron Smith needs to be the pick” train because they need to protect Stafford. But if the pick is between Smith and Bowers or if Smith is off the board, don’t be surprised to see Bowers selected with his potential alone. Either way, the Lions are in a great spot to get a contributor who can make a difference for 2011-2012 season.

We want your thoughts. Who should the Lions take with the pick?

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