You rarely see teams trade players the same year that they’re drafted, but that’s what happened over the weekend when the Raiders shipped third-round pick Lynn Bowden and a sixth-round pick to the Dolphins for a fourth-round pick.
Bowden played wide receiver and quarterback at Kentucky, but was trying to make the move to running back in Las Vegas. There were reports of off-field concerns to go with worries about how he was doing with his on-field transition, although Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock said it was only football matters that led to the trade.
The Dolphins listed Bowden as a wide receiver in their announcement of the trade, but head coach Brian Flores suggested it is going to take a while before he’s ready to jump into action on offense.
“We did a lot of work on Lynn pre-draft and when the trade was an option, we did a lot more work,” Flores said, via the Miami Herald. “We’re excited about having him join our team. There’s a lot he’s going to have to learn. He’s not going to jump out and start playing. He has to learn how we do things. He’s got a lot to learn and [that takes] a little bit of time. We’re excited to have him.”
The Dolphins took former Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry in the seventh round and moved him to running back, so they have a couple of versatile rookies to work with on offense at some point this season.