Today's draft profile highlights a player who is sure to be under consideration for the Cleveland Browns at No. 6 overall, DE Da'Quan Bowers. Promoted to front page by Chris P.
2010- 67 tackles, 41 solo tackles, 16 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception
2009- 46 total tackles, 27 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 10 ½ tackles for loss
2008- 37 total tackles, 21 solo tackles, 1 sack, 8 tackles for loss
Has the combination of athleticism, speed and strength; Gets pressure on the QB; sacks the QB (SIXTEEN sacks this year!); Great speed off of the ball; Can get off blocks really well; Hard hitter; Good tackler; Great pass rusher; Good effort; Can draw double teams
Can be inconsistent from game to game; didn’t really "show up" until this year, which makes you wonder about work ethic or maturity issues
Why the Browns should draft him:
Da’Quan Bowers will be an excellent DE in the 4-3 for the Browns, and we need more personnel fit for the 4-3 to make this switch. He’s exactly what the Browns need: a dominant pass rusher. Da’Quan set the Clemson record for sacks in a single season by a lineman. The ability to get to the QB has been an Achilles heel for the Browns for quite awhile, and Da’Quan could immediately make an impact as a rookie.
Why the Browns shouldn’t draft him:
We could probably find a very good pass rusher in the early second round as well. Maybe we would be better off picking a CB or offensive tackle instead in the first. Many see Da’Quan as a boom or bust prospect, and you have to wonder why he didn’t have this kind of production on the field until this year. It may be a bit of a risky pick.
(Note: I realize someone with more expertise could've probably made this more detailed. If you have anything you want to contribute, I'll add it.)
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