With the NFL’s first ever fully virtual draft two weeks away, mock drafts continue to pour in that predict what could happen on what will likely be one of the most unique nights in NFL, if not sports, history. CBS Sports is the latest site to post a new mock draft and sets both Logan Stenberg and Lynn Bowden Jr. up nicely in the AFC.
In this mock, Stenberg is selected with the 93rd pick in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens. With a need on the offensive line due to the retirement of Marshal Yanda, the run-heavy Ravens have a need at the position. As one of the best guards in the draft, Stenberg looks like a great fit for a team that plans to be back in Super Bowl contention behind reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.
“Stenberg plays with a nasty streak and while he’s not the technician that Marshal Yanda was, he provides some much-needed depth on the interior O-line,” said Ryan Wilson.
After that, Lynn Bowden Jr. is projected to be selected with the 99th pick in the third round by the New England Patriots. Following the loss of Tom Brady in free agency, the Patriots will be looking to revamp their offense any way they can.
With his versatility, Bowden is a swiss army knife that can be plugged in anywhere from WR and QB to RB and special teams for returns. Although that raises his odds to make him successful anywhere he goes, the Patriots seem like the perfect team to tap into that and utilize all of his abilities.
“Bowden can line up anywhere — including QB — and he feels like exactly the type of player Bill Belichick would target here,” said Ryan Wilson.
No matter how the draft is conducted, these two will likely hear their names called within the first half of the NFL Draft. Both players offer too much potential for instant production at any of their positions for a team with a need that matches what they offer to hold off on them for too long.
The question is who pulls the trigger on them? We’ll have to wait and see when the NFL Draft opens up on April 23rd.