With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Ereck Flowers
Position: Offensive Tackle
Weight: 324 Pounds
College: University of Miami
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Ereck Flowers’ pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Flowers.
Pros: Flowers has incredible size and strength and he has improved year over year, showing his impressive work ethic and focus. He is very agile and can excel in a zone blocking scheme. While not the greatest athlete in the world, he is a good enough athlete and has fluid hips and the ability to make an explosive first move.
Cons: At times plays with his pad level to high which allows the defender to bull rush him back. Sometimes allows edge rushers to use their superior strength to disengage from him. Cannot cut block due to his large size and frame.
Our Take: Flowers is a solid offensive tackle prospect who in my opinion, projects best to right tackle. He is a better run blocker than pass blocker as he gets more engaged in going up the field than dropping back a step. If he can improve his technique to the point where it becomes consistent, he can become a dominant run blocking right tackle who is more than an above average pass blocker.
Final Grade: 90 Out of 100
I am not as high on Flowers and project him as a late first round pick because I do not see him as a left tackle at the next level and he does not possess the elite traits that a top 15 pick at tackle usually has. I think he will end up being drafted higher than he should due to a lack of tackles and the fact that he should perform well at the combine. With proper coaching, Flowers will become a very good right tackle in the NFL and to me, that makes him worthy of being a late first round pick.
Possible Draft Spots: I have seen Flowers mocked as high as number five to the Redskins but after watching more film on him, I just don’t see it. I think he is being over-mocked right now and over time, he will settle into the 20-40 range, depending on how draft boards play out. It is hard to predict which teams will be interested in him as his current mock range is as high as five and as low as the late second round. We will update this section of his scouting report after the Combine.
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