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Mayock, McShay say Da’Quan Bowers could free fall in draft

2011 NFL Scouting Combine - Day 3

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock appeared on PFT Live Wednesday, and was asked by Mike Florio whether he thought any of this year’s prospects could have a Tyson Alualu-like jump into the top-ten picks.

Mayock preferred to talk about possible sliders. The first name he spoke of was Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers.

“Bowers, man, he could have a long fall,” said Mayock, who also suggested Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley as a candidate to slip.

ESPN’s Todd McShay appeared on SportsCenter Wednesday and predicted the same for Bowers.

“Everyone I’ve talked to recently thinks he’s a one-contract player,” said McShay, referring to Bowers’ knee and the possibility of future microfracture surgery.

In ESPN’s beat writer mock, Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times selected Bowers for the Buccaneers at pick No. 20.

That’s exactly where we have Bowers in PFT’s final mock draft. But McShay went so far as to speculate Bowers could fall even further than that.