3. Dwayne Bowe
Dwayne Bowe is one of those players who had all the talent in the world—the size, the speed, the body control. Yet, for some reasons outside of his control and some reasons within his control, 10 years from now he might not be remembered much outside of Chiefs Kingdom.
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Bowe 23rd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University. The top target of the same draft’s number one overall pick, Jamarcus Russell, Bowe was a fairly productive player during his college career. In four seasons he caught 154 passes for 2,403 yards and 26 touchdowns.
It was Bowe’s size and athleticism that likely drew the Chiefs to pick him. At 6’2″ and 221 pounds Bowe added good-to-great times in the 40-yard dash, the three-cone drill, and the shuttle. This size and speed would prove to be a problem for defenders early on in his career.
Bowe hit the ground running by posting almost 1,000 yards receiving in his rookie year. Had it not been for Tony Gonzalez, an all-time Chiefs great and Hall of Famer, Bowe would have led the team in receptions in each of the next five seasons. His best season with the team came in 2010 when he posted 72 receptions, 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to his only Pro Bowl.
All in all, during Bowe’s career with the Chiefs he amassed 537 catches for 7,203 yards and 44 touchdowns. He has a somewhat fractured image amongst those in Chiefs Kingdom, but one could argue that’s in large part due to circumstances outside of his control.
Similarly to some other Chiefs greats over the last 20 seasons, including Jamaal Charles, Bowe was a dominant receiver but the victim of a bad franchise. In spite of this, he currently sits third all-time in receiving yards for the franchise and third on this list of Chiefs all-time receivers.