Joe Douglas, Jets on Brock Bowers: ‘The Right Tight End Can Be a Real Weapon’

Brock Bowers has been a hotly debated prospect as a top player at a position not valued highly by teams. The Jets appear to be one that sees past that.

Brock Bowers is considered by many to be one of the best tight end prospects coming out of college football over the last few seasons. The Georgia Bulldog is a two-time John Mackey Award winner and holds the school record for single-season receiving touchdowns.

It should come as no surprise that Bowers is expected to hear his name called early during the 2024 NFL Draft despite playing a position valued less than others.

The New York Jets have been heavily linked to Bowers, and their general manager spoke about their potential interest on Friday.

New York Jets Rave Over Brock Bowers, Offensive Value

With the 10th overall pick in the first round, the Jets have been a team mocked to take Bowers by several major draft analysts. It also should come as no surprise that Bowers used a top-30 visit with the team just this past week.

On Friday morning, New York’s general manager Joe Douglas explained what makes Bowers a top overall prospect and the reason why some teams would take a tight end in the first round.

“There’s a tight end who is a Swiss Army knife and can really stress a defense,” Douglas said, referencing Bowers. “The right tight end is worth a first-round pick … can be a real weapon.”

New York already has quality tight ends like Tyler Conklin and Jeremy Ruckert on the roster. Despite that, Bowers’ overall skillset could entice the team to take the All-American with a pick as high as 10th overall.

Bowers’ Draft Profile

On a conference call with many beat reporters this past week, NFL draft expert Daniel Jeremiah was the latest who tied the Jets and Bowers together.

“My gut tells me I think they would take Bowers,” Jeremiah said. “(Douglas) comes from an organization … in Baltimore where they had great tight ends, and they’ve always done a good job of drafting tight ends. I like their tight end room now. Conklin is a solid player. This would give them a little something different there that they don’t have.”

There’s a reason why New York would be enticed by this. As Pro Football Network’s own Ian Cummings details, Bowers is the kind of receiving threat few teams actually have.

“He [Bowers] is a blue-chip talent and the clear-cut No. 1 player at his position,” Cummings says. “Not only that, but his ability arguably transcends positional bounds and will enable him to be a usage-versatile offensive weapon in the NFL.”

Pairing Bowers in an offense with former Offensive Rookie of the Year winner Garrett Wilson and four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers could be enough to sell the Jets on the Georgia prospect. Following an offseason where wide receiver Mike Williams signed a one-year deal with the team in free agency, having a dominant threat in the slot could be the last piece New York needs to become a true contender in the AFC.

KEEP READING: Ian Cummings’ Full Scouting Report of Brock Bowers

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