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Lynn Bowden was Born to be a Raider

The NFL franchise that plays with the biggest chip is the Las Vegas Raiders. The player in the 2020 NFL Draft that plays with the biggest chip is Lynn Bowden Jr. In a classic Raider move, Bowden was matched with this perfect fit after being selected by Vegas in the third round. Bowden Jr. joins UK legend Derrick Ramsey as Wildcat quarterbacks that were drafted to play positions other than QB: Bowden-running back/receiver, Ramsey-tight end. 

Raider head coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Mike Mayock are loading up on offensive weapons. Vegas took Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III in the first round and followed that selection up with Bowden Jr. and South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards in the third. The Raiders plan on Bowden Jr. playing a major role. 

General Manager Mike Mayock–“Ultimately, he’ll probably be what we call a joker, which is what I love in [Head Coach] Jon [Gruden’s] offense,” Mayock said. “It’s somebody who can do multiple jobs. But day one, he’s going to come in and be a running back. In the SEC two years ago, he caught 60-70 passes as a slot. Last year as you guys know he was quarterback/wildcat. He gained over 1,000 yards. We think he’s one of the most athletic, tougher guys in this year’s draft. We’re going to train him to be running back, if he’s able to do that job, we’ll be able to do some other things with him.”

The Raiders are getting an ultra-competitive football player who is vastly popular with the Wildcat fan base. Las Vegas will now be a team that the Big Blue Nation follows closely. Bowden Jr. brings versatility that can make a franchise better in several ways. In addition to playing running back/receiver, the Youngstown native will also be active in the Raider’s return game. Punt returner was a specific need for Jon Gruden’s team. 


Lynn Bowden Jr. the receiver unselfishly volunteered to play quarterback following injuries to QB’s Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith. By doing so, Bowden Jr.’s selfless example resonates throughout the Wildcat program. ‘Team-first’ can also lead to individual accomplishment. Bowden’s move to quarterback personifies Mark Stoops’ ‘Go to Work’, tough-guy mentality. I’ll take it further; Lynn Bowden Jr. is Kentucky Football. 

Bowden Jr. is a Raider. Of course he is. Lynn was born to be a Raider. I’ve been asked what position he’ll play in the professional ranks. The simple yet complicated answer is: ‘Offense’. 

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

6 Comments for Lynn Bowden was Born to be a Raider

  1. kyfan200587
    2:07 pm April 25, 2020 Permalink

    He might just be the best player overall to put on pads at the university of Kentucky!!!!

  2. Tom Bombadil
    2:07 pm April 25, 2020 Permalink

    Thx 4 rocking the Blue and White!
    Wildcat Legend!
    Congrats Lynn!
    God Speed!
    GO CATS!

  3. BigBluSoTru
    2:12 pm April 25, 2020 Permalink

    Hands down the best pick of the draft . Thy say he will be better then Lamar once he Gruden teaches him the playboook at Qb , man he is going to surpass all the yards he had in college . Because he will have NFL lineman going to be fireworks folks. I wonder if Barnhart and Stoops are going to put his name somewhere on the stadium or some type of head bust.

  4. Not Dan Issel
    4:22 pm April 25, 2020 Permalink

    With all of this new interest in the Raiders, I suggest that you visit your history books and look up Roger Bird. 1966 All America running back for UK. Drafted by the Oakland Raiders as a safety. Defensive rookie of the year in the AFL. Injuries cut short what was shaping up to be a great professional career. The Raiders drafting and signing Bird is what made me a Raiders fan, which I still am today, 54 years later!! I personally think Lynn Bowden is a perfect fit to be a Raider!!

  5. dcforuk
    5:05 pm April 25, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t really cheer for the Raiders but I can cheer for LBJ every play he plays as a Raider. The black, white and gold are first but will be cheering for (presumably) #1 for the black, white and silver!

  6. channell
    8:53 pm April 25, 2020 Permalink

    Is there anything he can’t do? He may be my all time favorite. I have become a raider fan. Can’t wait to see him in the black and gray.