2017 NFL DRAFT

Ereck Flowers, OT

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 329 lbs.
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2241

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Player Overview

A four-star offensive tackle recruit out of high school, Flowers collected a few dozen scholarship offers, but decided to stay home and sign with Miami. He started the first four games at right tackle as a true freshman in 2012, coming off the bench in the final eight games. Flowers moved to left tackle in 2013 as a sophomore and started all 13 games. He missed one game due to injury as a junior in 2014, starting 12 games at left tackle, earning Second Team All-ACC honors. Flowers elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Broad shouldered and looks the part with a naturally wide frame...good arm length and functional upper body strength, using his inline power to win the point of attack and drive his man in the run game...athletic movement skills for his size, showing the footwork and hip flexibility to operate in space...nimble feet and carries his weight well...recognizes pressures, sinking-and-shuffling to beat rushers to the point...sets up quickly with correct body and eye position.

Still learning how to properly use his length, but extends well to initiate contact...finishes blocks with authority, fighting through the whistle with an active mean streak - enjoys the physicality of the game...comfortable in his own skin with a self-starting, confident attitude - decided not to hire an agent, choosing to handle those responsibilities himself...alert player and won't take snaps off...very reliable worker and pushes himself in the weight room...high pain threshold and hates to leave the field, toughing out injuries...good starting experience with 29 career starts on his resume, including 25 at left tackle.

WEAKNESSES: Leaner than ideal lower body...lumbering lateral moves with choppy footwork and frame tightness, especially when redirecting his momentum - allows quick-footed rushers to cross his face...undisciplined technique and forgets his body fundamentals at times - needs to keep his butt low and elbows in mid-shuffle...needs to relax, collect himself and stay patient in space, getting excited and overextended due to anxious tendencies.

Wild upper body mechanics and late hands, letting defenders attack his body...numerous false start penalties on his resume...medical records need examined after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee (Oct. 2014), missing one game during his junior season.

SUMMARY: Although he could have used another year at the college level to clean up his mistakes and simmer awhile longer in the crock pot, Flowers has the size, athletic traits and competitive nature to be a long-term NFL starter - similar to La'el Collins, it doesn't always look pretty, but he gets the job done. He needs to be more reliant on his hands and technique, not just his broad-shouldered frame and strength, but possesses the hard-working preparation habits to adapt with NFL coaching. Flowers has experience in man and zone blocking concepts and has the versatile skill-set to fit at left or right tackle, although he might not be ready to start from day one at the next level. He is admittedly unpolished in several areas, but his best football is ahead of him - late first round pick who could go higher due to his upside.

--Dane Brugler

 
 
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05/04/2015 - Giants say OT Flowers was best available at No. 9...When pressed, Reese admitted that Flowers' run blocker will probably need the most work at this point. "I think if I had to grade one over the other, I think he's probably a better pass blocker. He's very productive as a pass blocker, but I think he's a very good run blocker as well." While it's widely assumed that Flowers will be the new starting right tackle, which would push incumbent Justin Pugh inside to left guard, Coughlin wasn't ready to make that announcement.

"I'm really not going to comment about that until I have an opportunity to talk to our coaches about how we're exactly going to go about starting."Flowers becomes the fourth Giants starting offensive lineman to be acquired in either the first or second round of the draft, joining left tackle Will Beatty (second 2009), Pugh (first 2013) and center Weston Richburg (second 2014) as the others. Right guard Geoff Schwartz was acquired via free agency last offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs. - The Sports Xchange

 

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