Lynn Bowden Jr
Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Florida 2018 Vs: Penn State
Report By: Roy Countryman
Swiss army style playmaker who showed his commitment to his teammates transitioning back to QB late in the season when injuries decimated their depth chart. As a result, he was named a Team Captain in 2019. As a pure playmaker, he is slippery and elusive in the open field. His speed and quickness are apparent on tape and he can make some breathtaking moves in the open field. A decorated return man that will enhance his value. As pure WR he played across the formation and was deployed from the X, Z, and slot, but most likely at the next level his niche will be from the slot. He runs smooth routes and can gain separation against stiff-hipped DBs. Was really effective on out routes. As a blocker, he gives notable effort and understands how to angle his assignment away from rushing lanes as he knows he most likely will be at a disadvantage size-wise against bigger defenders. Motivated by the birth of his son and is a hard worker during preparation.
Jack of all trades, master of none? Teams who select Bowden will have to have an identifiable plan to utilize his skillset as he still is somewhat raw in his development as a WR at this point, but his athletic profile, work ethic, and attitude warrant the chance. Gave effort and was able to contribute as a run blocker at Kentucky, but not sure he will win many matchups against NFL caliber defenders. Will not break many tackles after contact and will have to out quick defenders to get YAC at the next level. Doesn't have a huge catching radius and had some issues with drops. At times when he wasn't the first read on pass plays he simply would stop his route or gear down. Dangerous as a return man but mistracked a couple of punts and kickoffs.
Lynn Bowden Jr. was a playmaker at Kentucky who was deployed all over the field. What was even more impressive was his selflessness that he showed in going back to QB when his team needed his help at that position, and he helped lead them to a bowl game. Teams will find his versatility as his calling card, but decision-makers will need a vision on how to utilize his skill set to get him onto the field early in his career. I see him coming off the board on late day 2/ early day 3 in the 3rd-4th round range. Teams such as the Steelers, Eagles, Patriots, Ravens, and Panthers. His playing style is reminiscent of Antwaan Randle El.