Lynn Bowden hasn’t played a snap in the National Football League yet, but he’s already drawing praise.
The NFL Players Association and trading card mogul Panini America included Bowden in the 2020 Rookie Premiere Class, which identifies the 42 most promising young prospects based on position, college performance, draft status and projected overall demand and marketability. Even though the Las Vegas Raiders reportedly plan to use Bowden mostly at running back, he is one of 20 wide receivers on the list:
Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals), Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins), Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers), Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers), Jacob Eason (Indianapolis Colts), Jake Fromm (Buffalo Bills), Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles), James Morgan (New York Jets)
D’Andre Swift (Detroit Lions), J.K. Dobbins (Baltimore Ravens), Jonathan Taylor (Indianapolis Colts), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs), Cam Akers (Los Angeles Rams), A.J. Dillon (Green Bay Packers), Zack Moss (Buffalo Bills), Ke’Shawn Vaughn (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Darrynton Evans (Tennessee Titans), Joshua Kelley (Los Angeles Chargers), La’Mical Perine (New York Jets), Anthony McFarland Jr. (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos), CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys), Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas Raiders), Laviska Shenault Jr. (Jacksonville Jaguars), Tee Higgins (Cincinnati Bengals), Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings), Michael Pittman Jr. (Indianapolis Colts), Denzel Mims (New York Jets), Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers), K.J. Hamler (Denver Broncos), Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles), Chase Claypool (Pittsburgh Steelers), Van Jefferson (Los Angeles Rams), Antonio Gibson (Washington Redskins), Lynn Bowden Jr. (Las Vegas Raiders), Bryan Edwards (Las Vegas Raiders), Devin Duvernay (Baltimore Ravens), Gabriel Davis (Buffalo Bills), Antonio Gandy-Golden (Washington Redskins), Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Chase Young (Washington Redskins)
Cole Kmet (Chicago Bears)
Here’s Bowden’s rookie card, which is pretty gorgeous:
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The @nflpa and @paniniamerica today continue unveiling the 42-member 2020 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Class by revealing the running backs. Here are the final six RBs. Stay tuned tomorrow as we unveil the wide receivers. #whodoyoucollect #ratedrookie #nflparookiepremiere #antoniogibson #lynnbowdenjr #joshuakelley #keshawnvaughn #nfl #nflpa
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