By now, most Las Vegas Raiders fans are accustomed to seeing draft picks from the Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock era flounder. Essentially, they’re no longer playing or simply haven’t panned out for either the Silver and Black or another NFL team. Such is the case for Lynn Bowden Jr. as NFL cuts take place today in preparation for Week 1.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier today that the Miami Dolphins are set to release Bowden. Raider Nation might recall hearing a lot of hype surrounding Bowden after the Raiders drafted him in the third round. Terms such as “Swiss army knife” and “joker” came to be associated with Bowden. Under Gruden, Bowden was going to be a true do-it-all type of player. For Kentucky, Bowden excelled as an athletic phenom, playing almost every key offensive position. Whether it was quarterback, wide receiver, or running back, the Joker could do it all.
Regrettably, Bowden never got a chance to play for the Raiders at all. He was traded to the Dolphins in exchange for a pair of draft picks. One of those picks was used to trade up during the previous NFL draft, in which the Raiders took Trevon Moehrig. It was certainly a saving grace for what will be remembered as one of the worst draft selections for the Raiders this early in the century.
Lynn Bowden Jr has been released by Dolphins
Bowden was traded by Las Vegas in September 2020 along with a 2021 6th round pick for a 2021 4th round pick
That 4th round pick (121st overall) was used to trade up with the San Francisco 49ers to select Tre’von Moehrig pic.twitter.com/RpZ37Mt1DI
â€” RaiderRamble.comâ„¢ (@TheRaiderRamble) August 30, 2022
NFL Cuts: Gruden and Mayock Selections Continue To Struggle
Officially listed as a wide receiver at the moment, Bowden caught 28 receptions in 2020 for 211 yards. It’s also worth mentioning that he rushed the ball nine times for the Dolphins that year as well. Bowden’s release is only the latest in a series of colossal failures that marred the 2020 draft class. A class that’s already been labeled as the worst in the organization’s history.
*Top Photo: Nell Redmond/Associated Press