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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Projects Da'Quan Bowers To The Cowboys

Todd McShay brought in two actual NFL Scouts to help him with his latest NFL Mock Draft over at ESPN (Insider only). They have an interesting selection for the Cowboys in Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers. The AFC Scout who made the pick explains his selection.

Everyone says the Cowboys need an offensive tackle, and that's true, but they could also have a major hole at the five-technique because of expiring contracts, and taking Da'Quan Bowers at No. 9 is something to think about. Bowers has been tagged as an ideal 4-3 end, but at 280 pounds why couldn't he play end in a 3-4 and be a guy who provides some pass-rush help both from the outside and inside?

This is the first time that I've seen anyone peg Bowers as that kind of player, but I do think it makes some sense. Bowers is considered a rush end, but he doesn't have the jaw-dropping athleticism that most of the players that are successful in that position posses. He is also a much better all-around player than people give him credit for. If the Cowboys think they can make it work with him as a 3-4 DE, than I think it could be a successful risk to take.

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