- Bill Williamson, ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter
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The agent of top NFL prospect Da'Quan Bowers disputed reports his client's surgically repaired knee is not progressing and has caused him to delay his pro day workout in an email to media outlets including ESPN.com on Thursday.
Bowers, a defensive end from Clemson who led the nation with 15½ sacks in 2010, is expected to be a top choice in the April 28-30 draft. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in January.
Bowers attended the NFL combine in February. The only testing he did was the bench press, and he met with teams. Bowers said then his knee was fine.
His pro day workout is set for April 1. Bowers will participate in all combine and defensive line tests and drills during the workout at Clemson, his agent Joe Flanagan said in the email. Flanagan wrote that Bowers' pro day was pushed back shortly after the combine to give him more training time and for convenience, not recovery time.
Flanagan said NFL teams were notified March 4 about the pro-day date. Flanagan said the date was made to accommodate NFL personnel who attend North Carolina's pro day next Thursday.
"Bottom line: Da'Quan's knee has progressed ahead of schedule, in every regard, since the day he walked out of his procedure," Flanagan wrote. "There have been no 'setbacks' or 'new concerns,' and Da'Quan is very much looking forward to his workout on April 1."
Flanagan said Bowers will visit with eight teams at the top of the draft starting April 4. Flanagan said Bowers will be available to take physicals on each of those visits to prove he is healthy.
"We believe this series of events ... the meetings, dinners, workout, visits, physicals and recheck ... will show that there exists no short- or long-term concern about his knee and also confirm that Da'Quan is the best defensive player in this draft, with as much upside as any prospect in a very long time," Flanagan said in the email.
Bill Williamson covers the AFC West for ESPN.com.
The agent of top NFL prospect Da'Quan Bowers disputed recent reports that his client's surgically repaired knee is not progressing and has caused him to delay his pro day workout in an email to media outlets, including ESPN.com.