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In 2018, Bowden served as Kentucky’s dominant lead wideout. He drew 34.5% of the team’s receptions, 35.5% of the receiving yards and 35.7% of the passing TDs as a sophomore.
His 2019 began well, with 37 catches over the first 4 games. But then QB Terry Wilson went down. So Bowden did what any lead WR would do: He volunteered to move to QB and led the SEC in rushing.
Bosden racked up 1,468 yards and 13 TDs on the ground, while attempting just 74 passes. He clearly showed Raiders brass enough, as they not only drafted him in Round 3 but announced that he’ll begin his career at RB.
Bowden reportedly wowed HC Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock with his work on the board, memorizing and re-creating plays and assignments in pre-draft meetings. He’s likely to fill a “joker” role, which would have the rookie moving around to different spots. Bowden’s background certainly suggests he could add slot-receiver and Wildcat-QB reps to his RB duties.
The Raiders in February extended RB Jalen Richard, who led their backfield in targets each of the past 2 seasons. That could limit Bowden’s upside in his rookie campaign.
But the 3rd-rounder clearly impressed his coach and GM and just might force his way into a meaningful 2020 role. Josh Jacobs’ passing-game shortcomings provide opportunity in that area.
Bowden will be worth watching through training camp and the preseason to see if he merits a redraft pick.
|This player has no recorded injuries|