Brock Bowers Prop Bets: How Many Receiving Yards Will Bowers Record In 2024?

Gabriel Santiago
Gabriel Santiago@gps_onthemic

In a twist of fate, the Las Vegas Raiders managed to select Georgia Bulldogs All-American tight end Brock Bowers at the 2024 NFL Draft.

After other prospective teams passed on Bowers, Las Vegas advantageously chose him with the 13th overall pick. He will now join a franchise that respects the tight end spot, as exemplified by players like Dave Casper, Todd Christensen and Darren Waller. Of course, Bowers is a Northern California native (Napa HS), making him well familiar with Raider Nation.

Bowers -- a two-time CFP national champion -- can be utilized in a multitude of ways for an offense. Incoming coordinator Luke Getsy should look to get creative with his young, athletic tight end. Bowers will become part of a skill group that also includes All-Pro receiver Davante Adams and fellow TE Michael Mayer. What will that dynamic be like?

Following the results of the draft, FanDuel Sportsbook is offering NFL prop bets on stat lines for the incoming rookies. Upon learning Bowers is headed to Southern Nevada, let's dive into the over/under for his receiving yards prop in 2024-25, which is currently set at 600.5 yards.

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Brock Bowers Projections

Why Brock Bowers Could Record Over 600.5 Receiving Yards (-112)

Before diving into any receiving props on Raider players, it is worth a moment to sift through the quarterback situation. Vegas elected not to address the signal-caller position at the recent draft, so that leaves a competition for the spot between second-year Aidan O'Connell and the affable Gardner Minshew.

As a rookie, O'Connell featured a 40.5 QBR through 11 contests, so it is probable that the more-experienced Minshew will win the starting job. From there, what sort of rapport can be developed with the versatile Bowers?

Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is in his first season with the Raiders, and both sides like to place emphasis on the run game. From there, the All-Pro Adams is the undisputed first option in Vegas' passing attack, but there is still a place for Bowers to thrive. After all, crossing over the 600-yard threshold -- which FanDuel Sportsbook has labeled with -112 odds -- is certainly not insurmountable.

True, Vegas has selected an All-American tight end in back-to-back drafts now, but I think Bowers can have a more productive campaign than Mayer did as a rookie in 2023 (304 yards and two scores). Bowers (6-foot-3) is slightly shorter than Mayer, but the UGA alum offers longer arms and larger hands. Bowers also possess greater speed and sharper route-running skills compared to his position mate.

For Bowers to reach 601 receiving yards by the end of the regular season, he'll need to average at least 35.4 yards per game (YPG). Over three seasons at Georgia, Bowers shined behind a 63.45 YPG receiving clip. Given his talent and after-the-catch ability, Bowers has a favorable shot to hit the over, especially if Getsy can scheme the football for him.

Throughout Raiders' all-time history, Christensen has the most prolific tight end campaign, churning out 1,247 receiving yards in 1983. As it pertains to Raider rookies, wideout Amari Cooper has the top receiving mark at 1,070 yards. More precisely, the best year from a Raiders' rookie tight end came back in 1970 when Raymond Chester produced 556 yards -- we are looking at Bowers to break that positional team record in 2024.

Why Brock Bowers Could Record Under 600.5 Receiving Yards (-112)

Looking at the Raiders' current offense, I really believe Bowers can be the second-best option in the passing game. We already mentioned Adams and Mayer. From there, receiver Jakobi Meyers is a solid contributor, but Bowers boasts a better ratio of size to speed. Still, there's a chance Bowers' snaps can be infringed upon by others, especially early in the campaign.

It could help Bowers' cause that receiver Hunter Renfrow will not be returning to Raider Nation. According to Pro Football Focus, Bowers took approximately 38% of his offensive snaps in the slot last season. I'm sure Las Vegas will revisit similar sets wherein Bowers had success in college, but there's a steep learning curve for playing on Sundays.

Notably, Bowers dealt with injury for his final campaign at UGA. Last October, he suffered a high ankle sprain versus the Vanderbilt Commodores that forced him out of two contests. To alleviate the ailment, Bowers underwent tightrope surgery, allowing him to return for Georgia's last three games in 2023.

In the high-velocity, high-impact sport of gridiron football, health and availability are paramount. Bowers gave no indication that putting full weight on his right foot will be an issue, but it will be something to monitor over his rookie year.

Injury is obviously one reason Bowers might hit the under here, but detrimental quarterbacking in Sin City could be another impediment. In the Raiders' first season since moving on from signal-caller Derek Carr, no player passed for more than 2,300 yards. Shuffling personnel at the game's most important position often kept Vegas' offense out of sync. As such, Adams and Meyers were the only Raiders to compile more than 600 receiving yards.

Minshew will need to steady the ship -- "The Autumn Wind," to you -- if Bowers is to have a favorable shot of hitting the over. The former Washington State Cougars star threw for 3,305 yards on a 62.2% completion clip for the Indianapolis Colts last year. It will be intriguing to see how the connection between Bowers, Minshew and Getsy develops going forward.

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