The Raiders selected Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Bowden was asked to move to QB for the final 8 games of this past season, ultimately earning the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most outstanding all-purpose player. He finished the year with 403 passing yards, 1,468 rushing yards and 348 receiving yards. Bowden spent his first 2 years on campus at WR, tallying 17 catches for 210 yards as a freshman and then leading the team with 67 catches, 745 yards and 5 TDs as a sophomore. He also averaged 22.9 yards per kick return and 22.1 yards per punt return with 2 TDs over the past 3 years. A hamstring injury prevented Bowden from working out at the Combine. The Raiders interestingly announced him as a RB when they picked him. We’ll keep a close eye on how they plan to deploy Bowden.
The Raiders have traded Lynn Bowden and a 6th-round pick to the Dolphins for a 4th-rounder. The move points to a disappointing camp from Bowden, who joined the Raiders in the 3rd round of this year's draft. Barry Jackson says Miami sees upside to Bowden as a WR, rather than the RB role Vegas drafted him to play. This development chips away at even the long-term fantasy outlook for Bowden. It helps the 2020 outlook for Jalen Richard, however, and could point to more receiving work for Raiders RB Josh Jacobs.
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