Da'Quan Bowers has a big goal

No offense to the Denver Broncos, but Da’Quan Bowers has a higher goal.

He wants to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

“It’s definitely a goal,” Bowers said. “I don’t think anybody here doesn’t have the goal to be the No. 1 pick.”

The Clemson defensive end, who led the nation with 15.5 sacks in 2010, has a chance to be the top overall pick in the draft. Carolina has the No. 1 pick. Denver has the No. 2 pick.

Carolina could potentially take Bowers, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton or Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley with the pick. Denver is expected to take a defensive player at No. 2, and Bowers is expected to be at the top of its list. The Broncos are visiting with Bowers this weekend.

Bowers said he’d relish the opportunity to play in Denver.

“It’s a great opportunity and I’ll be ready to work for them,” Bowers said.

Bowers said he’d compare his game to Julius Peppers. That comparison has been made often. New Denver coach John Fox took Peppers in Carolina with the No. 2 overall pick in 2002, Fox’s first season in Carolina. Thursday, Fox said he hasn’t studied Bowers enough to make that comparison. I do know Bowers is thought of highly in Denver’s building.

Teams like Bowers because of his production, good character, and study habits. He seems to know that.

When asked why he is successful, Bowers had this to say: “Because I watch a lot of film, very fast and very powerful. I study offensive tackles a lot, I try to study tendencies. I try to look at their feet to notice things if they are going to pass or they are going to run, just being a student of the game.”