The NFL Draft will still take place April 23-25 (albeit in a studio setting), but the coronavirus pandemic has changed the pre-draft process for everyone involved. Lynn Bowden did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Draft Combine last month due to a hamstring injury, and because UK was forced to cancel its Pro Day, he won’t get the chance to show teams his speed; however, Mark Stoops believes these changes will actually benefit Bowden because teams will have to focus on his film, which speaks for itself.
“Lynn, I don’t think it will hurt him at all. I have heard from quite a few teams and the one common theme is, film doesn’t lie. The kid is an incredible football player, an incredible competitor. You know what, I don’t know, I’ve never worked in the NFL, they’ve gotta do what they’ve gotta do but maybe it will be good for them to quit worrying about all the other things and just look at the film and see who the best football players are, because he certainly is one of them.”
Same thing goes for Logan Stenberg, who had an impressive showing at both the Senior Bowl and the Draft Combine.
“I have heard from quite a few teams that like our players and the good thing is, guys like Logan, he did an awful lot. The Senior Bowl was big for him, and the Combine.”
One of the biggest challenges for prospects right now is staying in shape without access to training facilities or gyms. Stoops said he’s checking on all his players and draft prospects to make sure they’re doing what they need to while staying safe.
“I talked to Lynn yesterday, I believe it was, and just checked on him and made sure he was staying focused and doing the work necessary, making sure he had the ability to work out somewhere and he sounded good, was doing a good job.”
Now seems like a great time to look at Bowden’s film ourselves, don’t you think?