In 1988, Thurman Thomas looked like a sure fire first round draft pick out of Oklahoma St. He finished his career as the school's all-time leading rusher with over 4500 yards and 43 touchdowns. He was so good in fact, that his teammate and future Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, couldn't even get on the field.
On draft day, the ESPN cameras documented his anxiety as team after team passed him by. Not until the second round, at pick number 40, did he get selected by the Buffalo Bills. A knee problem scared off the other teams.
Thomas used this slight as motivation as he embarked on a great career as one of the best all around backs to ever play the game.
Now, it's Da'Quan Bowers' turn to sit in anguish as every team in the first round passed on him last night. Following the season, many projected Bowers not only a first rounder, but a top three pick.
Then, during the evaluation period, a knee problem started Bowers' slide down the draft charts, all the way out of round one. I'm sure when Bowers gets the chance, he'll want to take it out on the teams that passed on him and get revenge, just like Thomas did on 1988.
Only the teams themselves know what's on their medical reports regarding Bowers and whether he's worth the risk. Will one of them be rewarded for taking a shot on the highly talented player, or will the injury end his playing days? Can he become another Thurman Thomas, or a wasted draft pick?