Lynn Bowden has in contrast himself to Antwaan Randle-El, however as he prepares to be drafted into the NFL, he invitations comparisons to a completely different former Steeler.
As the NBA goes more and more position-less, it’s value questioning if the NFL will tilt that approach for some positions as properly. Christian McCaffrey has begun to stretch the label of working again, and alongside that very same line, now we have incoming draft prospect Lynn Bowden.
Bowden was a extremely regarded recruit as a highschool quarterback, however he moved to broad receiver upon touchdown at Kentucky. He actually emerged at his new place as a sophomore in 2018, with 67 receptions for 745 yards and 5 touchdowns, however a switch exodus at quarterback left the Wildcats skinny there coming into final season.
When starter Terry Wilson went all the way down to damage, Bowden stepped in and began the remaining eight video games of final season at quarterback. Three straight wins to finish the common season pushed Mark Stoops’ squad into a bowl sport, which additionally they received.
Bowden operated as a Wildcat/choice quarterback, with 1,468 speeding yards (7.9 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns on the floor with a complete of 74 cross makes an attempt and 403 passing yards on the season. Narrowing it all the way down to his eight begins below heart, he had 1,369 speeding yards and went 32-for-70 as a passer with 16 complete touchdowns over that span. Add in his 30 catches for 348 yards, which all got here in the first 5 video games of course, and Bowden delivered over 2,200 yards of offense final yr.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Bowden estimated that he met with 15 groups at the NFL Draft Combine. The imaginative and prescient for him appears to be as a versatile all-around weapon.
“A lot of teams see me as playing everything, not just receiver,” Bowden mentioned. “They asked me what position I am comfortable with and I tell them that I don’t have a set position. You can play me all over the field.”
Bowden is an Ohio native, however he’s apparently a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. So amongst a big selection of comparisons, together with fellow Kentucky alum Randall Cobb, he in contrast himself to a former Steeler who did a bit of every little thing.
“I think I am more of an Antwaan Randle-El because I’m still a Steelers fan,” he mentioned.
But Bowden additionally invitations comparisons to a different former Steeler, who got here a bit earlier than his time in comparison with Randle-El: Kordell Stewart.
Dubbed “Slash” by then-Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, as a nod to being deployed as a quarterback, a runner and infrequently a broad receiver, Stewart was a versatile weapon the likes of which in all probability would’ve had a extra agency place in right this moment’s NFL. Modern sensibilities, and the infiltration of faculty ideas into professional offenses, would open issues up for somebody who had Stewart’s skill-set.
It’s secure to say Bowden is a extra polished broad receiver than Stewart, who performed quarterback completely throughout his faculty profession at Colorado, ever was. But in phrases of every little thing he can provide, Bowden is an intriguing prospect who could sneakily make a direct impression for whoever drafts him.