Lynn Bowden
Mike Mayocked drafted Lynn Bowden Jr in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. A few months later, he traded him for pennies on the dollar. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Las Vegas Raiders appear to be making things up as they go. There is no plan or direction with their franchise whatsoever. General manager (GM) Mike Mayock picked Lynn Bowden Jr. in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. That was back in April. Now, in September, Mayock has traded Bowden for pennies on the dollar.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was the first to report the news:

Bowden, the former Wildcat quarterback at Kentucky, was picked to be a pseudo running back and wide receiver for the Raiders. The Raiders brass did not like what they saw in three practices and decided to move on. Bold strategy, cotton!

Can we stop pretending Mayock is turning this roster into a winner? The 2019 NFL Draft was a failure. The Raiders were only able to pick Josh Jacobs as a result of a pick they acquired in the Khalil Mack trade. Clelin Ferrell was a massive reach with the fourth overall pick in the draft. You can’t miss with a top-five pick and tell me how you had this great draft.

The 2020 draft class is off to a HOT START. Not to mention Mayock threw away picks in trades for Antonio Brown, Zay Jones, and Trevor Davis. He now has to look himself in the mirror and say:

“This guy I picked in the third round this year, I don’t think he’s any good. I missed on a valuable third round pick. Not only did I do that, but I gave up before ever seeing him play a single game”.

The Bowden Jr. trade is the second time this offseason the Raiders have made a deal with the Dolphins. The totality of those trades adds up to this:

Side note: The Raiders paid Bowden a $985,000 signing bonus to trade him for pennies months later.

Side note: The Dolphins needed another weapon. Jordan Howard is the starter, and Matt Breida is never healthy. It’s not a bad gamble to take.

Side note: I own you, Mike Mayock.


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