Flanders signed with the Oklahoma State after rushing for 2,134 yards and 34 touchdowns over his senior season but elected to transfer to Sam Houston State after redshirting with the Cowboys in 2009. Once on the field for the Bearkats Flanders dominated, rushing for school and Southland Conference record 5,664 yards and scoring 70 touchdowns over his illustrious career. He earning Southland's Freshman of the Year with a conference-best 948 rushing yards, including 13 touchdowns in his first year at SHSU and only improved from there, becoming the first three-time AP All-American in school history. Flanders lacks the height scouts would prefer but possesses very good vision and is lightning quick. His ability to make something out of nothing as a runner and receiver could earn him a valuable role on third down in the NFL.
STRENGTHS: Shorter-than ideal but possesses a stout, low-cut frame that gives him a natural leverage advantage over defenders and helps with his elusiveness. Good vision and instincts to set up blocks. Very good stop-start quickness and lateral agility to make would-be tacklers miss in small spaces. Weaves his way through traffic and can spurt through small holes into the open field. Good balance and stronger than he looks. Cognizant receiver out of the backfield who appears to possess reliable hands. Highly durable. Hasn't missed action since 2010 and played through a nagging foot injury in 2013. Enjoyed a solid week of practice (and game) against top competition at the East-West Shrine Game. WEAKNESSES: Obvious size limitations. While very quick, Flanders does not possess breakaway speed. He'll take on linebackers in pass protection but while courageous is simply too small to handle them, therefore limiting the roles in which he can be effective. Questions about how much tread is left on the tires is legitimate considering that has 1,063 touches over the past four years... Has no experience returning punts or kicks... COMPARES TO: Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers - Woodhead has a emerged as one of the league's best "mighty-mites" after dominating at Chadron State. Flanders possesses a similar frame, quickness and reliability as an outlet receiver (64 career receptions) but to duplicate Woodhead's conversion to the NFL, he'll need to continue to show remarkable toughness and durability. --Rob Rang
05/13/2014 - New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: Tim Flanders - Running Back, Sam Houston State (5-9, 210): Flanders leaves Sam Houston state as the Southland Conference's all-time leading rushing and scoring leader, carrying 999 times for 5,664 yards (5.7 avg.) and 66 touchdowns. As a senior in 2013, the Kansas State transfer carried 241 times for 1,478 yards (5.9 avg.) with 14 touchdowns while also grabbing six passes for 63 yards and one touchdown. - New Orleans Saints