With Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix in attendance at Friday's pro day workout at Clemson University, star defensive end Da'Quan Bowers didn't do an awful lot to answer lingering questions negatively affecting his stock in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Bowers looked good in defensive line drills and tested well in the three-cone drill - his time of 6.95 seconds would have ranked him second at the Combine behind Wisconsin's J.J. Watt - but it all comes down to the 40-yard dash, and according to multiple reports, Bowers struggled to break 5.0 seconds in both of his runs. The people I've talked with had him between 4.85 and 4.95 seconds.
He was also asked to run some linebacker drills, and reportedly struggled in doing so. This isn't remotely surprising; it's always been a stretch to imagine Bowers as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Still, they're drills based around athleticism.
Bowers' much-discussed knee appeared to be fine throughout the workout, according to people at the event. For a 6'3", 276-pound defensive end that may or may not fit in a 3-4, however, the 40 times - and a reported degree of rust to his game - could cause him to start sliding (slightly) down draft boards.