Las Vegas will never be the same. This fall the Raiders are coming to the city that never sleeps and they’re bringing Lynn Bowden with them. The 2019 Paul Hornung Award Winner from the University of Kentucky was taken in the third round by the Raiders with the 80th overall pick.
First and foremost, Bowden is going to look beautiful in the Raiders’ silver and black. He personifies everything it means to be a Raider. I just wish we could hear Jon Gruden bragging about him on Hard Knocks this summer. “That guy does it all, man. He’ll catch a pass, throw a touchdown, grab a can of tuna, whatever. He’s got IT.”
One of three receivers selected by the Raiders in the first three rounds, Bowden will start by taking handoffs out of the backfield as a running back. His former teammate, Lonnie Johnson, predicted Bowden would be a pirate moments before the Raiders’ pulled the trigger.
Don’t call me a psychic but watch this @LynnBowden_1
— Lonnie Johnson jr. (@Lonnie30johnson) April 25, 2020
Once Bowden’s name was called, Vince Marrow Tweeted, “NFL get ready. A dog is coming.” That’s the highest praise the Big Dog can bestow upon another.
I can’t say enough about the man you have become. I’m so proud of you. God bless you and your family. https://t.co/QEtgdNNBib
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) April 25, 2020
Logan Stenberg is still waiting to hear his name called. The offensive guard should pop early on day three. The Bills, Steelers and Titans are just a few potential destinations to keep your eye on as the draft unfolds with fourth round coverage beginning at Noon on ESPN. A few other important pieces of draft information…
Day Two By the Numbers
- 13 wide receivers were taken in the first two rounds, a new NFL record, paving the way for Bowden to be picked a little earlier than some predicted.
- 11 of the first 40 picks were from the state of Texas. None of them attended Texas or Texas A&M. Does that mean Texas is back?
- 10 LSU players were taken in the first three rounds, tying a record set by Ohio State in 2016 when Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliot headlined the Buckeyes’ draft class.
- 40 of the 106 players drafted through the first three rounds were from the SEC, the most of any conference in draft history. LSU and Alabama accounted for 19 total, two more than the entire Big Ten.
- With the 53rd pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected quarterback Jalen Hurts. Just like the Green Bay Packers, the franchise rewarded its star quarterback by picking his replacement, instead of adding a much-needed weapon at wide receiver. The biggest difference? Aaron Rodgers is near the end of his career at 36. Carson Wentz is only 27.
The Secret to the Patriots’ Success
We finally learned why Bill Belichick is the best in the business. All along he’s been a dog in
sheep’s clothing shredded hooded sweatshirts.
Unfortunately, the pretty pup was only available for the Patriots’ first pick. Luckily, Roger Goodell gave fans something to cheer for and it wasn’t his beaming personality. At the start of the night, a full jar of M&Ms sat on his desk. Throughout the night that number dwindled. It drew so much attention, at the end of the night he picked up and shook an almost-empty jar for the folks still watching at home. It was an exhilarating story to watch unfold.
Support the Towns Family by Fighting COVID-19
Last week COVID-19 took one of the Big Blue Nation’s best. Jacqueline Towns, the mother of Karl-Anthony Towns, passed away from complications due to coronavirus.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you honor her memory by donating to the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Research Fund. Even before the family announced her diagnosis, Karl Towns donated $100,000 to the cause. Whether large or small, every donation to the Mayo Clinic helps. The Towns family thanks those wishing to honor Jackie and fight this virus that has broken the hearts of so many. Click here to donate now.
We’re not one week from Derby
Typically I spend this time each year high-fiving thousands of runners in the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Mini-Marathon. Sadly, we will not be doling out high-fives anytime soon. Sigh.
The NCAA can’t make up its mind
The governing institution of college athletics can’t decide when it will vote on the one-time transfer rule. The NCAA released a statement saying they would delay the vote until January. Hours later, reporters said, “That may not be the case. It could still be voted on next month” What will they do? I don’t think anyone is entirely sure at this point. One thing is certain: this post from Zack Geoghegan diving into the back and forth is a wild roller coaster of emotion.