Bowers has been perhaps the most talked about top prospect because of a January arthroscopic knee surgery. There have been numerous reports that Bowers’ knee hasn’t responded well and that his draft stock has fallen. Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks last season and he was considered a top-five pick earlier in the offseason.
At Bowers' pro day on Friday his knee held up well, although he ran a slower 40-yard dash than he hoped. There has been chatter that Bowers should have postponed his pro day or scuttled it all together.
But I think it was Bowers’ strategy to perform the pro day and not worry about his times. The key is his health. Now, teams like the Broncos will get a look at Bowers’ knee fresh off a full workout. If tests come back clean in April this soon after a full workout, teams should be satisfied.