Kentucky assistant to NFL teams: Lynn Bowden will 'make your team better'
NFL teams are going to consider drafting Lynn Bowden to play wide receiver. However, for the last seven games of Kentucky’s regular season, Bowden played quarterback.
It was a move that became necessary when the Wildcats had no other options at quarterback due to multiple injuries. And Bowden provided a dynamic look to their offense, as he rushed for 1,136 yards during his time leading the unit.
However, could this season have a negative impact on Bowden’s NFL future, due to the fact that teams didn’t have more opportunities to evaluate his receiver skills? One Kentucky assistant doesn’t think that should be the case.
“The kid is a dynamic football player,” Wildcats tight ends coach and NFL liaison Vince Marrow said, according to Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier Journal. “I tell all the scouts and GMs, ‘Don’t overthink this. …. He’s a football player. He’s going to make your team better.'”
Prior to the move to quarterback, Bowden was having a solid season at receiver. He had 30 receptions for 348 yards and one touchdown in five games. He had six or more receptions in four of those games, and he had 129 yards against Mississippi State on Sept. 21.
But it was only a small sample size for Bowden to showcase those skills.
“I think if it was up to NFL teams, he would have stayed at receiver because it would have helped them do their job and better understand where he is in his development as a route runner, as a pass catcher and all of those things,” said Dane Brugler, an NFL draft analyst for The Athletic, per Hale. “Because he played most of the season as a non-receiver, it just takes more of a leap of faith, because we’re not going to get a chance to see him in game-like situations playing the position that he’s projected to play in the NFL.”
Bowden has one game remaining in his college career as Kentucky went 7-5 to become eligible for a bowl game. Then, he’ll begin preparation for the NFL draft, which takes place April 23-25, 2020, in Las Vegas.