Las Vegas packaged a sixth-round pick with Bowden in exchange for a fourth-round pick.
Rapoport adds it’s the same pick Miami just got from the Raiders in exchange for LB Raekwon McMillan.
It’s extremely unusual for a team to trade a high draft pick so soon after taking a look but Vic Tafur notes Bowden did not stand out during training camp. He was converting from receiver and Wildcat quarterback in college to a passing-down back for the Raiders.
Bowden, 22, was a two-year starter at Kentucky and earned first-team All-American honors last season. The Raiders selected him with the No. 80 pick in this year’s draft.
He signed a projected a four-year, $4,709,416 rookie contract that includes a $985,031 signing bonus.
During his three-year college career, Bowden recorded 206 rushing attempts for 1,530 yards (7.4 YPC) and 13 touchdowns to go along with 114 receptions for 1,303 yards receiving (11.4 YPC) and six touchdowns. He also lined up at quarterback last season, compiling 38 completions on 79 pass attempts (48.1 percent) for 495 yards, three touchdowns, and five interceptions.