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Updated: April 11th, 2011 9:39am
Pass rushers Da'Quan Bowers, Brooks Reed reportedly visiting Vikings

Pass rushers Da'Quan Bowers, Brooks Reed reportedly visiting Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings used most of their 30 allotted visits with NFL Draft picks last week, but apparently, they're not done bringing in prospects just yet.

Clemson end Da'Quan Bowers was scheduled to visit the Vikings on Monday, the National Football Post reported.

The visit surely will include an evaluation of Bowers' balky right knee, which has some draft analysts projecting he could fall to the Vikings at No. 12 overall.

Bowers (6-foot-3½, 276 pounds) led the nation with 15½ sacks last season. But surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus has impacted his pre-draft workouts and has yielded speculation he might need microfracture knee surgery.

According to NFL Network, another highly regarded pass rusher, Arizona's Brooks Reed, is scheduled to visit the Vikings on Friday. Georgia end Justin Houston -- like Reed, a late-first or second-round prospect -- was part of the Vikings' Top 30 event last week.

The likely departure of starters Ray Edwards and Pat Williams has defensive line among the Vikings' needs in the draft, which is considered deep at the position. Quarterback remains the most significant hole, but offensive tackle, cornerback and receiver also could be under consideration with their top pick at No. 12 overall.

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In this story: Ray Edwards, Pat Williams