McShay predicts that Bowers, who won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defensive player, will be chosen No. 1 overall in this year's draft by the Carolina Panthers now that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is no longer an option. Bowers is one of three former ACC players featured in McShay's mock draft, along with North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn and Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo.
McShay predicts Quinn to be taken at No. 12 by the Minnesota Vikings, and for Castonzo to be chosen at No. 22 by the Colts.