Before each draft, I do a little film-watching of my own. Going back and watching tape I recorded off ESPN, Big 10 Network and Fox Sports of different prospects and going to select YouTube videos.
In 2010, one of the guys who I was really high on was Mike Williams. I described him to friends as “T.O. only faster”. I really didn’t care that he had quit the team. His reasoning seemed to be that he wasn’t going to be allowed to play because he broke curfew. This guy was a man among boys, looked explosive out of breaks and seemed to play with an attitude. The Bucs got him in the 4th round and he went on to have the most receiving touchdowns for a rookie wideout – 11 – since Randy Moss had 17 in 1998.
I want to see if Da’Quan Bowers can do the same. Athletically freakish, passed on for other reasons. The main aspect of his pass-rushing that I am intrigued by is his disruption of the quarterback. Hurries happen more than sacks (15.5 sacks in 13 games for Bowers last year; the Bucs had 26 sacks during their 16 games) – and sacks might be the highest-impact stat he’ll contribute – but I think his ability to hurry the quarterback into bad decisions is the most intriguing ability. I can’t wait to see plays where he forces bad throws where the ball hangs up there and/or gets tipped by another Tampa player, and I can’t wait to see plays where Bowers himself tips or dislodges it.