119 receptions, 1,824 receiving yards, 20 touchdowns, 13 carries, 165 yards, and 4 rushing touchdowns, I am going to keep going, because wait, there’s more! Add a rushing long of 75 yards and a receiving long of 89 yards and know Brock Bowers can take it to the barn every time he touches the ball. Two years. Two National Championships. All the Georgia Bulldogs Tight End does is win. Okay, football is a team sport and those Dawgs defenses are hell, you’re right.
Let’s go window shopping through the individual jewelry case a little bit then. 2021 SEC Freshman of the Year, 2022 John Mackey Award Winner (he was arguably robbed of first place in 2021), 2021 and 2022 First Team All-SEC, 2021 2nd Team All-American, and 2022 1st Team All-American. Bowers will look to join Kyle Pitts as the second tight end selected in the top five since 1972 (spoiler, Bowers is going Top 5). Further, Brock Bowers is the best tight end in the 2024 NFL Draft class, as we’ll explain below.
That Kyle Pitts guy, I hear he’s alright. pic.twitter.com/fCUYwUDdUR
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 29, 2021
A 41.5-inch vertical and a 4.48 40-yard dash start the conversation showing Bowers matches up athletically with Pitts and 2006 6th overall pick Vernon Davis. Evaluators have to try to find something to knock about Bowers and typically try, the keyword “try”, and start with “lack of size” at 6’4, 230 pounds. We’re talking about an inline blocker who allowed one pressure and zero sacks as a true freshman. By the way, he also started every game in the SEC on a National Title run that season. Add to that, in 2022, he led tight ends in yards after the catch (479) and receiving yards after contact (274). Needless to say, it’s no wonder why Brock Bowers will be highly sought after in the 2024 NFL Draft.
If you thought the 2023 Tight End class was good, wait till you see Brock Bowers. pic.twitter.com/m9y5s09e4f
— Kyle Lindemann (@LuckIsMadeFF) May 21, 2023
Potential Fits For Brock Bowers In The 2024 NFL Draft
I recently mocked Bowers to Indianapolis, stating “Anthony Richardson needs weapons. Nearly 2,000 yards of receiving productivity and 20 touchdowns in the last two years go beyond the elite athleticism to show Bowers will be Richardson’s security blanket.” Let’s add to that “security blanket” comment: QB rating of 146.3 as a freshman when targeted. QB rating of 135.8 as a sophomore. For a rookie quarterback with rusty accuracy, Bowers is that ole reliable can of WD-40 to smooth it all out for Richardson.
Ryan Tannehill is 35 and coming off an injury-plagued year. If Will Levis is the answer, he’ll need weapons. This means more than just Treylon Burks, who hasn’t been very impressive. Bowers is the first elite-caliber athlete back in the fold since A.J. Brown’s butchered and botched trade.
New England Patriots
Is this the most boring offense in the NFL? Hunter Henry is gone after this year and Mike Gesicki is in the “prove myself with another chance” realm. Beyond Juju Smith-Schuster, this receiving core is a (*takes a deep breath) woof. New England is primed for a last-place finish in the AFC East. If that ends up being the case, they’ll have a high pick in 2024 and need young weapons.