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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kentucky WR Lynn Bowden Jr.

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting report on 2020 NFL Draft prospect WR Lynn Bowden Jr. of Kentucky.
Dec 31, 2019; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. (1) before the start of the Belk Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Lynn Bowden Jr., WR, Kentucky

Career Snapshot
Two-year starter who earned First Team All-America honors as an all-purpose player as a junior in 2019. Caught 30 passes for 348 yards and one touchdown in five games at wide receiver in 2019 before he moved to quarterback for the final eight games.

Finished with 185 carries for 1,468 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns and added three touchdown passes on 74 pass attempts. Earned Second Team All-SEC honors as an all-purpose player, made 67 catches for 745 yards and five TDs and scored two touchdowns on five punt returns as a sophomore in 2018.

Explosive athlete who shows great versatility at the college level. As a ball carrier, he plays with a rough-and-tumble style and displays great elusiveness and the ability to create yardage. Makes defenders miss and displays terrific footwork, balance and body control. Plays with a fearless style, takes chances and always works to pick up positive yardage. Extends his hands, works to catch the ball away from his frame as a receiver and flashes the ability to make some incredible receptions.

Doesn’t have a true position. Must improve his route running. Slow to locate the ball in the air and must improve his hand-eye coordination. Tends to get too fancy at times, runs east and west and doesn’t turn it up the field. Will peak before he’s caught the pass on occasion, which leads to drops.

Bowden Jr. is a tremendous athlete and a versatile skill player, but his game needs a lot of work. He’s by no means a sure thing, but if properly coached he could be an explosive player at the next level as a receiver, as a return specialist and on reverses.

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