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Report: Bowers to visit Vikings

Posted by: under Vikings, NFL draft Updated: April 11, 2011 - 8:21 AM

The Vikings held their Top 30 visit for draft prospects last Tuesday-Wednesday at Winter Park, but vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said more visits were likely to happen.

That reportedly is the case Monday as Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers is expected to visit the team facility, according to the National Football Post

Bowers is an intriguing prospect because he is considered a Top 10 talent. However, a knee injury has caused his stock to fluctuate all over the place in mock drafts and reports.

Bowers had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in January. There were conflicting reports recently that Bowers might even need microfracture surgery, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bowers had his knee re-checked in Indianapolis last week, which is common for prospects with injury issues. The results are sent to every NFL team.

Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks last season and won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the top defensive player.

A number of mock drafts have predicted the Vikings will select Bowers with the 12th overall pick.

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