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April 1, 2011

Mixed bag from Bowers workout

Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers called it a "pretty good," workout, but there's evidence he's still coming back from the knee injury that has kept him from NFL scouts so far.

Bowers admitted he wasn't crazy about his 40-yard dash times during Friday's workout, his first for pro scouts after skipping the combine and Clemson's pro day last month. He said he heard some "low 4.8s," but other scouts had him well north of that. Several had him over 5.0 seconds, a difference which could send his draft stock south.

However, he said he was pleased with his position drills and other tests, hoping it's enough to keep him in the top 10 picks.

The Carolina Panthers didn't send any of their decision makers, with both general manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera staying home after going to North Carolina Thursday.

Buffalo's Buddy Nix and Atlanta's Thomas Dimitroff were the only two general managers on hand, and Arizon's Ken Whisenhunt the only head coach.

Dimitroff said he saw nothing which changed his mind about Bowers, who had 15.5 sacks for Clemson last season.

"He did a very nice job. He has the talent to be a legitimate impact player in this league," Dimitroff said. 

Asked about Bowers coming off surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus, Dimitroff said it shouldn't be a problem.

"Everybody's aware of the process," the Falcons GM said. "He should be ready to impact a team early."

Bowers said he has visits scheduled with Denver, Buffalo, Indianapolis and Washington. He said he would visit the Panthers, but hasn't firmed up a date yet.

-- Darin Gantt

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