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NFL Draft Profile – TE Brock Bowers

By Doug Orth | 4/25/24 |

Brock Bowers


College: Georgia
Height/Weight: 6’ 3’’/243
Hands: 9 3/4"
Age: 21 (at the time of the 2024 season opener)

Important NFL Combine Numbers

40-Yard Dash: N/A
Vertical Jump: N/A
Broad Jump: N/A
20-Yard Shuttle: N/A
3-Cone: N/A

College Production (Stats)

High-end NFL Player Comp(s): A mix of Tony Gonzalez's athleticism and George Kittle's run-after-catch ability.

Low-end NFL Player Comp(s): Jeremy Shockey

Best Scheme Fit: Universal.

Best Team Fit(s): Chargers, Jets, Broncos, Bengals, Dolphins, Commanders, Giants, Panthers

Non-bolded times - Good examples of attribute
Bolded times - Average/poor examples of attribute

Position-Specific Attributes and Grades
Attribute Att Grade Scale Examples
Ball Tracking 9.5 10.0

7:32, 9:10, 10:38, 11:53, 13:00, 21:18

11:29, 24:54

Contested Catch/Body Control 9.0 10.0

1:03, 2:51, 7:32, 9:10, 11:50, 13:00, 17:50, 21:18, 21:52

0:43, 9:20, 11:29, 15:22, 18:48

Hands 9.0 10.0

1:03, 2:51, 6:21, 7:26, 7:32, 9:10, 10:38, 11:50, 17:50, 18:25, 19:23, 21:18

0:43, 2:47, 5:25, 15:22, 23:01

Release 10.0 10.0

14:48, 17:50, 19:41, 21:22

Route-Running 10.0 10.0

6:11, 7:42, 12:43, 15:22, 17:02, 19:41


Run After Catch 10.0 10.0

0:00, 4:02, 5:24, 8:36, 10:58, 11:32, 13:21, 14:20, 17:02, 21:53

2:22, 8:12, 8:21, 24:14

Physicality/Competitiveness 7.5 8.0

5:46, 10:58, 12:22, 14:20, 25:06

1:53, 19:51

Blocking 5.5 6.0

0:00, 0:11, 0:29, 1:00,


Separation 2.0 3.0

6:11, 9:19, 17:02, 19:41, 23:18

6:47, 11:08, 19:23

Speed 3.0 3.0

4:02, 4:33, 8:36, 9:19, 17:02

Film Grade 75.5 80.0

Pre-Draft Fantasy Prospect Grade* (out of 50): 48.0

* - How well does his skill set carry over to the fantasy game? For tight ends, a player needs to be a realistic threat for 60 catches and 800 receiving yards at some point in their career to be a candidate for a perfect grade. Positional scarcity at the pro level is also a part of the equation.


  • The ultimate mismatch weapon who opens up the playbook with his ability to create with the ball in his hands.

  • Easily one of the best in the draft class - regardless of position - in terms of contact balance.

  • Led all FBS tight ends in yards after contact in all three of his college seasons (8.5-yard average for his career); rarely does he succumb to the first tackle attempt.

  • Ridiculous red zone weapon - especially on fades and back-shoulder throws and even on runs - with his blend of size, athleticism and body control; Georgia even used him as a short-yardage back at times.

  • Extraordinary acceleration for a 240-pounder and can find his second gear in an instant.

  • Easily plucks throws away from his frame.


  • Lacks ideal size and weight to live in-line and will probably never be a traditional tight end in that regard.

  • Can be a bit stiff in and out of his cuts.

  • Almost seeks out contact after the catch and occasionally takes unnecessary punishment, which could eventually lead to durability issues down the road.

  • Faced durability questions for the first time in his college career in 2023, missing three games due to a left ankle injury that required tightrope surgery.

  • Effective blocker when he squares up but could break down better on open-field blocks.

  • Suffered the first two fumbles of his college career in 2023.

Bottom Line

Gonzalez is arguably the most athletic tight end to play the position in league history. Kittle is as good after the catch as anyone who has ever played tight end. It may sound like hyperbole to put Bowers in that stratosphere, but he is, without question, one of the most complete tight end prospects to enter the NFL Draft in the 21st century. NFL teams have seemingly toyed with the notion of incorporating tight ends into their offense more often for years, but it might be coming to a head now - and it will happen more often if more prospects have a skill set similar to Bowers'. Defenses are playing zone around 75 percent of the time and doing their best to discourage offenses from going deep by playing Cover 2 (or Tampa 2) at a very high rate. One weakness of the two-high safety zone look is a tight end who can separate and steal souls after the catch. Enter Bowers.

The concerns with him are so nitpicky that they barely deserve a mention. He is a bit undersized to handle in-line duties on a full-time basis, but no team in its right mind will be drafting him with the idea of using him in that fashion more than half of the time. It also seems like he seeks out contact needlessly at times, although coaches undoubtedly prefer having to rein in a player from being too much of a heat-seeking missile as opposed to the alternative.

Bowers has been on the NFL's radar since he burst upon the scene with 13 touchdown catches as a freshman in 2021. He is essentially a versatile alpha receiver with running back skills in a tight end's body. The three-time first-team All-American's contact balance is phenomenal and he does not need much time to hit full speed (which is probably in the 4.5 range). He finished his college career with a 4.4 percent drop rate and never had more than three in a season. The Bulldogs used him liberally on end-arounds and even out of the backfield on occasion, allowing him to accumulate 193 yards and five scores on 19 career carries. It may be a long time before we see a tight end break the rookie catch record Sam LaPorta set last season (86 receptions), but Bowers could have a similar impact in his first year. As long as he stays on his current track and remains relatively healthy, Bowers may not have to wait more than two or three years before he is considered one of the two or three best tight ends in the game.

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Doug Orth has written for FFToday since 2006 and been featured in USA TODAY's Fantasy Football Preview magazine since 2010. He is also a high-stakes player who often appears as a guest analyst on a number of national sports radio shows, such as Sirius XM’s “Fantasy Drive." Doug is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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