Georgia tight end Brock Bowers must overcome one thing if he’s to make a Travis Kelce-sized impact in the NFL

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Brock Bowers is the consensus top tight end in this year’s NFL Draft.

The ex Georgia Bulldogs pass catcher is a two-time national champion and three-time All American who’s widely projected to be a top 10 overall pick in this month’s draft.

Bowers is rated as one of the best TEs in college football history

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Bowers is rated as one of the best TEs in college football historyCredit: Getty

The 21-year-old led Georgia in receptions (56), receiving yards (714) and touchdown catches (6) this past season and has drawn comparisons with Chiefs star Travis Kelce, but one draft expert thinks he needs to overcome a major hurdle if he’s to make serious waves in the NFL.

That obstacle?

Size.

ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller spoke exclusively to talkSPORT about those Kelce comparisons and what gets overlooked when discussing Bowers.

“He’s [Bowers] quite a bit smaller,” Miller said.

“I think that’s something that gets overlooked. Travis is 6ft 5in and his weight has changed throughout his career, he’s dropped some weight.

“Brock Bowers was barely 6ft 1in, just a little over 240 pounds. He’s actually kind of undersized for his position.

“He’s probably a 4.6 to 4.7 guy (in the 40-yard dash), which is good, really good. But he’s not this transcendent athlete.

“He’s just a really, really good football player.”

Bowers has drawn Kelce comparisons but the size difference is clear

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Bowers has drawn Kelce comparisons but the size difference is clearCredit: Getty
He is a two-time John Mackey Award winner

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He is a two-time John Mackey Award winnerCredit: Getty

Bowers has tons of potential and has been touted as one of the best TEs in college football history.

He is the only player in history to win the John Mackey Award – given to the nation’s top tight end – twice since the award’s inception in 2000, and holds the UGA school record for single-season receiving touchdowns with 13.

“Right away you can tell he only knew one speed,” Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken said before the 2021 College Football Playoffs.

“He’d be 10 yards in front of every other guy. He was working at his own speed to be the best he could be, and that is a rare quality to put yourself out there like he did.

“So right away you could see this guy is different.”

According to a PFF’s scouting report: “Bowers is one of the most well-rounded tight end prospects ever to enter the NFL.

“His build-up speed is good for the NFL, which is why he has elite after-the-catch ability. He also has some of the strongest hands you’ll see for a tight end.

“As a blocker, he might be the strongest pound-for-pound tight end you’ll find.

The report adds: “Besides being on the smaller side, Bowers is a dream tight end prospect.

“Add in his reliable blocking ability on the line and in space, and you have an ultimate chess piece offensive weapon with All-Pro potential.”

Bowers won two national titles with the Georgia Bulldogs

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Bowers won two national titles with the Georgia BulldogsCredit: Getty
The New York Jets have emerged as a possible landing spot for Bowers

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The New York Jets have emerged as a possible landing spot for BowersCredit: Getty

Where Bowers ultimately lands remains to be seen but several mock drafts have floated the idea of the New York Jets taking him at No. 10.

In his latest mock draft, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com writes: “With the team in win-now mode and Aaron Rodgers nearing the end of his career, the Jets could opt to take a pass catcher who can dominate the middle of the field.”

Likewise, Chad Reuter of NFL.com believes Bowers could be playing in New York next season.

“The Jets finally landed a veteran receiver in Mike Williams, prompting them to zero in on the best tight end in this class. Bowers would be an excellent target for Aaron Rodgers and a strong blocker for Breece Hall,” Reuter wrote.

Interestingly, CBS Sports’ latest mock draft has Bowers going to the Chiefs with the No. 32 pick and teaming up with Kelce.

“If Brock is sitting here at 32, that’s the easiest pick for me” it states.

“He’s a difference-maker, and he’ll get an opportunity to learn from Travis Kelce. Whenever Travis Kelce decides to call it quits and get ready for his invitation to Canton in the Hall of Fame, you have his heir apparent right there WAITING in the wings, right there in the building.”

Bowers has a lot to do to emulate Kelce’s Hall of Fame-worthy career, but the potential is clearly there.

During his freshman season in 2021, Bowers established UGA tight end records for single-season receptions (56), receiving yards (882) and touchdowns (13).

He then eclipsed his own tight end receiving records in 2022 with 63 catches for 942 yards.

Bowers missed two games in 2023 due to injury but still totaled 56 receptions for 714 yards and seven total touchdowns.

As a projected top 10 pick he’s already ahead of where Kelce was coming out of college.

The Chiefs star went relatively under the radar in 2013 and was selected in the third round (No. 63), yet still became one of the all-time greats at his position.

Whoever ends up selecting Bowers will be hoping for a similar career trajectory.

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