With the 80th pick, the Las Vegas Raiders drafted Kentucky WR/RB/ATH Lynn Bowden. In a shocking turn of events, Jon Gruden decided to throw caution to the wind and completely revamp their receiving corps. As mentioned, they spent their first pick on Kentucky wideout Lynn Bowden.
Wild Ride in Lexington
Bowden originally operated out of the slot and outside receiver spots. He began the 2019 season in that role. When starting quarterback Terry Wilson suffered a season-ending injury, Bowden stepped up, leading the Wildcats’ offense. Although he only completed 47% of his passes, Bowden accounted for seventeen touchdowns.
Bowden’s feet start the damage. He displays the uncanny ability to cut on a dime, without a stumbling step. Regardless of movement, Bowden looks rather smooth and under control. Whether he’s gaining the corner on a run or breaking off a route, he doesn’t really gather.
Bowden joins a crowded receiver group. With Henry Ruggs and Tyrell Williams on the outside, Bowden looks to vulture snaps from Hunter Renfrow. More importantly, his ability to operate the jet sweeps and return punts should pay immediate dividends.