Kentucky wide receiver Lynn Bowden will join the Raiders in Las Vegas after being selected 80th overall. Bowden was pushed into playing quarterback in 2019. After taking a winding road to Kentucky and the NFL Draft, he will now take his Swiss Army knife ability to the Raiders brand new stadium in 2020.
Bowden is extremely versatile, as he finished fifth in the nation in all-purpose yards while playing receiver and quarterback in 2019. Being pressed into quarterback duty hurt his development as a receiver. His ability is off the charts but he is not refined in many aspects of the game. He can be used in various ways, but will probably end up as a slot receiver in the end.
Fantasy football impact
The Raiders will likely use Bowden creatively along with speedster Henry Ruggs, giving teams a lot to think about on defense. How often he is given a chance to use his natural abilities with the ball is a question that fantasy players likely won’t be happy with his rookie year.
If Bowden can refine his technique as a receiver, he should have upside as a receiver, but he may end up pigeon-holed as a gadget player, who we’ll see on the field for 10-15 snaps. He can do a lot with those snaps if he can get the ball, so there is fantasy appeal if he were to ever get a full workload.