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Bowers is one of the best defensive ends available and a likely top-5 pick if he is able to show teams that the arthroscopic knee surgery from earlier this year was a success. The Clemson junior All-American skipped the NFL combine to rest his repaired right knee. Bowers came to Clemson in 2008 as the country's No. 1 college prospect, but he struggled through parts of his first two seasons adjusting to the college game. After a somewhat disappointing sophomore season, when he missed three games due to a knee injury, Bowers was dominant in 2010, leading the FBS with 15.5 sacks - a school record for defensive linemen - and tying Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan for first with 26 tackles for loss. He was second on the team with 74 tackles and led the Tigers with 20 quarterback pressures despite often dealing with two or three offensive players trying to slow his pursuit. Bowers was the ACC defensive player of the year, won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's best defensive end, and the Nagurski Award as the country's top defensive player. He is dominant against the run, can use his power and athleticism to get to the passer, and is solid in pursuit.