Round 7 is well into the time teams take a look at gadget players, and that’s what the 49ers could easily do here with the pick they acquired from the Detroit Lions in exchange for linebacker Eli Harold.
Wide receiver Lynn Bowden is more of a specialist, capable of hauling in passes out of the slot, doubling as a running back and special teams ace, too. He’d also probably see time as a scout-team quarterback.
Bowden only participated in the bench press at the NFL Combine, putting up 13 reps of 225 pounds. But the 5-foot-11, 204-pound Bowden has good enough game-tape speed and explosiveness to suggest he can be a unique commodity at the NFL level.
His toughness, creativity and excellent junior-year production suggests he could be the poor man’s version of the 49ers’ own, wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Just consider Bowden a much-less-heralded version, capable of carrying the ball as a runner on sweeps and end-arounds.
Considering Kyle Shanahan’s desire to make his offense more “positionless,” it’s not hard to see why the head coach would be attracted to a player like Bowden.