Predicting the short-term and long-term impact of Raiders rookie class
Round 3, Pick No 80: Kentucky WR/RB/QB Lynn Bowden Jr.
One of the more exciting picks in the 2020 NFL Draft was Lynn Bowden Jr., a do-everything player for the University of Kentucky. This is a guy who dominated the SEC in so many ways, whether it was as a passer, receiver, or even a running back.
For the Raiders, the plan is to use him in the same kind of “joker” role, putting him all over the field on offense, and possibly in the return game. He has gotten better all summer long, and while he likely will not see a ton of snaps at quarterback, a position he played, and played well last season for the Wildcats, expect him to have his fair share of big plays as a rookie.
Bowden plays the game at a very high level, and is another weapon Derek Carr can use at his disposal. A guy with his skill set is going to get a lot of love from Gruden, who loves drawing up plays for electric players like Bowden, and he could be a guy who has 700 all-purpose yards in 2020.
- Short-Term: Joker role as a rookie, playing all over the field in the run game, passing game, and even as a returner
- Long-Term: Solid pass-catching running back behind Josh Jacobs, ability for 50 catches per season