Da’Quan Bowers reportedly arrested for carrying gun at airport

Da'Quan BowersTampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport Monday morning for illegally carrying a gun, NBC New York reports.

NBC New York says Bowers was arrested at the check-in desk after being found with a gun in his carry-on bag.

Bowers, a second-round pick from Clemson in 2011, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and is set to appear in court Monday night. Bowers appeared in 10 games last season for the Bucs, registering 13 tackles and three sacks.

Who can really blame Bowers in this circumstance? I mean who hasn’t been caught trying to sneak a pistol onto a plane in their carry-on bag? It’s just among the usual carry-on belongings — magazines, iPod, snacks, drinks — and a gun.

Come on, Da’Quan, you’re better than that.

Da’Quan Bowers Can’t Wait to Sack Peyton Manning, Michael Vick

Da’Quan Bowers is one of the top pass rushing prospects in the 2011 NFL draft and he’s expected to be a highly-selected player in the first round. Uncertainty regarding the condition of Bowers’ knee has led to speculation that the Clemson product will fall in the draft, but he says he’s been medically cleared. He also has his eyes set on a few targets once he gets into the league.

“I can’t wait to sack Peyton Manning,” Bowers said on SportsCenter Tonight on ESPN Radio with Chuck Wilson last week. “I can’t wait to do it. I think he’s the best pure quarterback in the NFL. Once I get him, I’m going to be so happy. My next target is of course Michael Vick. I’m going to catch him from the blindside.”

That’s an awful lot of cockiness coming from someone who’s just going to be a rookie, but I like the attitude. That’s the type of mentality you want a player to have all offseason long when he’s training. If Bowers keeps up that mentality and trains with that type of attitude, he should be a force in the NFL. It sure seems like he has the talent to become one.