Bowers’s 40-yard touchdown reception with 2:52 to play put the Bulldogs ahead for good, and capped an eight-catch, 157 yard performance in thrilling fashion with the go-ahead score.
Unranked Auburn, under first-year coach Hugh Freeze, gave Georgia all it could handle, and for stretches in this game looked like the better team. The Bulldogs could not get much going on the ground all afternoon, rushing the ball for just 3.5 yards per carry as a team. But as Georgia held the Auburn offense at bay in the second half, it was only a matter of time before the Bulldogs hit on a big play.
Enter Bowers, who is one of the top prospects in next April’s NFL draft, and looked every bit like the prospect who professional teams are clamoring over. It likely won’t be the last time this season that Bowers will make an outsized impact on a big game. He will have plenty more opportunities to elevate himself on draft boards as SEC play continues.
Here are some of the top reactions from NFL and college football fans and media alike after Bowers’s clutch performance for the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Brock Bowers is a freak show.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 30, 2023
Gonna be a fascinating prospect because he’s definitely not a traditional tight end. But as a weapon, he’ll be a big, big problem for NFL defenses. https://t.co/8pPYQGgOXj— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 30, 2023
How high will Georgia TE Brock Bowers go in the NFL Draft?— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 30, 2023
He was a beast vs Auburn:
40 Yards Longest Catch
19.6 Yards Per Reception
Any NFL team would love to have him, he can come in Day 1 and contribute - big time redzone weapon and YAC… https://t.co/WoLzFgNytW pic.twitter.com/N8ezQuUvcH
Brock Bowers DOMINATED the 2nd half, propelling Georgia to an undefeated 27-20 victory. 👏🏈— Real Friends & Football (@rff_football) September 30, 2023
Bowers is undoubtedly the top TE prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft! 🚀 #BeastMode #GoDawgs
👤 8 receptions
📏 157 yards
🏈 1 TDpic.twitter.com/RjquNFdAo6
Brock Bowers should be the #1 pick in the nfl draft btw— Ned Schneeebly (@BalakayM95) September 30, 2023
Kyle Pitts broke the glass ceiling for tight ends in the draft. I absolutely think Brock Bowers can and maybe should go in the top 5.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) September 30, 2023
The QB element could make that 6-8, but the point stands. Bowers can be such an offense changer in the NFL, I think.
Brock Bowers is the best player in the 2024 NFL Draft and he’s going to be the most over thought— Joe DeLeone (@joedeleone) September 30, 2023