Bowers is expected to be an early first-round draft pick in the 2024 NFL draft, and he is expected to be the first tight end taken off the board without question. Longtime ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had Bowers as the No. 5 overall selection in his first mock draft of the season.
Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers may be too good to fall to the Tennessee Titans
Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers is seen as a generational tight end talent. Bowers had 2,538 receiving yards and 31 total touchdowns on 175 receptions as a member of the Georgia Bulldogs. During his freshman season with the Bulldogs, Bowers broke the school’s single-season record for receiving touchdowns.
Brock Bowers 👍pic.twitter.com/xGgQyz2Wux
— cristian (@Cristianspfc_) February 3, 2024
Bowers won the Mackey Award twice, which is the award given to the best tight end in the nation. Bowers also achieved All-American status three times.
In an article from DawgNation, Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo explained what exactly made Bowers so great.
“He can do everything. He can block, he can run, he can catch,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “We didn’t have him throw any, but I think if we had someone to throw the ball, he could. A joy to coach. Just a pleasure to coach. Lucky to have the one year where I got to be part of coaching him and seeing him do something on that football field and how he affects our football team.”
Bowers’ threat as a blocker in the run game allows him to easily sneak out and make big plays in the flats. His ability to run after the catch makes him a liability to score at any time.
Brock Bowers is used completely differently than Pitts.
A menace in the flats. pic.twitter.com/mgsxrA5qez
— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) January 31, 2024
In the same DawgNation article, Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Carson Beck explained how much of a freak athlete Bowers is, especially when compared to one of the most athletically-gifted rosters in the nation.
“He’s truly one of the best college football players ever to play the game,” quarterback Carson Beck said. “We’d be out during team run in January, February, where we go out and run cold weather and this guy is not losing a single sprint. I’m talking to everybody on the team like the skill guys, guys that should be beating him, that are faster than him. He didn’t lose a single rep.”
The Tennessee Titans have the No. 7 overall pick, and if NFL scouts see the same things in Bowers as his teammates and coaches did, it is hard to see him falling that far.
The Tennessee Titans could really use someone like Georgia Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers as a safety blanket for their young QB
During the latter portion of the season, the Tennessee Titans looked to Will Levis to take over as the signal caller. After a stellar debut performance that included four touchdowns, Levis regressed to the mean and went through the typical growing pains of a rookie NFL QB.
In the eight full games Levis played in before he got injured, he accounted for eight touchdowns and four interceptions. He had 1,808 yards passing, and never threw more than one interception in a game. Levis’ 58.4% completion rate over those eight games led the Tennessee Titans to just three wins in that time.
A player like Brock Bowers can provide a safety net for a young quarterback like Will Levis. Every one of the four teams that were still alive in the conference championship games this year had an elite tight end on their roster. The Kansas City Chiefs had Travis Kelce, the San Francisco 49ers had George Kittle, the Detroit Lions had Sam LaPorta and the Baltimore Ravens had Mark Andrews.
Kittle and Kelce were the top two tight ends when it came to receiving yards and both of their teams advanced to the Super Bowl. LaPorta was fifth in receiving yards, but Mark Andrews long-term injury prevented him from being in that upper echelon statistically. Andrews was third among tight ends in 2022.