The Raiders Plan on Using Versatile Rookie as Their Own Taysom Hill

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The Las Vegas Raiders plan on using rookie Lynn Bowden as both a running back and quarterback. | Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Few teams have had as much opportunity to improve through the NFL Draft over the last couple years than the Las Vegas Raiders, who have made four first-round picks in two seasons. Building a team takes more than hitting on those high draft picks though, and the mid-round selections can be just as important.

Running back/wide receiver Lynn Bowden, a 2020 third-round pick out of Kentucky, already seems destined to make an impact with the Raiders. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson has hinted that Bowden may be used at quarterback some, in a Taysom-Hill-type role.

This wouldn't be completely unfamiliar territory for Bowden, either. A wide receiver early in his career at Kentucky, with 67 receptions for 745 yards in 2018, he made an unusual transition in 2019.

Bowden took over at QB midway through the 2019 season, orchestrating a run-heavy offense down the stretch. He ran the ball 185 times for 1,468 yards (7.9 per carry) and 13 touchdowns, while also completing 35 passes for 403 yards.

This versatility makes him the perfect candidate to line up anywhere on the field. While Olson remarked that Bowden's main position will be running back, that makes him a uniquely dangerous weapon.

Already being singled out by the offensive coordinator and drawing Taysom Hill comparisons is a very encouraging sign for Bowden's future in this offense. The team seems to be very high on his potential and versatility, and Raiders fans have to be excited to see what Bowden has to offer.

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