It was reported yesterday that Da’Quan Bowers underwent knee surgery this offseason, which may force him to skip the workouts at the Scouting Combine.
While this certainly isn’t good news, it should have no impact on his draft stock.
Bowers is already training in preparation of the combine, and he has yet to rule out participating in the drills. I’ll go out on a limb, however, and say I would be very surprised to see Bowers do any physical activity in Indianapolis.
For starters, most potential No. 1 overall selections chose to skip the combine and instead workout only at their pro day where they are more in control of the drills. Teams certainly would prefer to see everyone work out in a neutral environment in Indy, but they can’t force anyone to participate.
On top of that, the injury only increases the chances for Bowers to disappoint at the combine and potentially hurt his stock. So why risk it, even if he thinks he’s close to 100%?
More than likely we won’t see Bowers on the field until Clemson’s pro day, and as long as he is able to get out on the field and appears to be recovering from surgery, it shouldn’t prevent him from being a top five pick.