Ereck Flowers, Offensive Linemen, Miami (Fla).
Weight: 329 pounds
Arm Length: 34-1/2 inches
Hand Size: 9-7/8 inches
NFL Combine Results:
40-yard Dash: 5.31 seconds
10-yd Split: 1.78 seconds
3 Cone Drill: DNP
Shuttle Run: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press (225 lbs): 37 Reps
Pro Day Results: N/A
College Stats: N/A
Ereck Flowers, a junior out of the University of Miami (Fla), is a tall and long offensive tackle prospect. He has good size and great strength, which is the base of his style of play. The aspect of Flowers' game where he excels most is at run blocking.
He is a mauler in the run game and wins his blocks with aggression and power. Curiously, Flowers plays with a forward lean in his blocking stance, but in college was rarely caught off balance. He has great hip bend in pass protection and stays in his stance throughout the block.
When facing power rushers, Flowers will win nine out of ten matchups. He also has versatility on the offensive line, as he has played both offensive tackle positions.
Flowers is limited athletically, which will limit what he can do at the NFL level. His technique is mediocre, though it showed improvement as his college career progressed. He is clumsy on his feet when asked to move in space too often, and ends up getting tripped up.
He played tackle in college, but looks like an NFL guard. He struggles to maintain against speed edge rushers and often will lose that matchup. He's heavy handed and tends to grab his assignment a lot, which results in a lot of penalties, especially holding calls.
How he fits with the Denver Broncos
To put it simply, Flowers is not a fit in a zone blocking scheme, which the Broncos are moving towards. The things you look for in zone blocking offensive linemen are athleticism, footwork, technique and agility.
Flowers fails to meet the standards in all four of those aspects. Instead, what Flowers excels at is playing a game based on power, which is why he would be a great fit in such a scheme.
Flowers did play in a ZBS in college and says he could do the same in the NFL, but two quick observations on that. First, just because a prospect plays in a certain scheme in college, does not mean they can do the same and excel in the NFL.
In fact, many players find themselves in a scheme not suited to their talents in college and then when drafted to play in that same scheme in the NFL, they fail. Second, Flowers says he could play in the ZBS in the NFL, but what else is he supposed to say? Of course he is going to say he can. If he says he can’t, half the NFL teams take him off their draft board.
Ereck Flowers' play is very similar to a former Broncos offensive linemen, Orlando Franklin, who also was a bad fit in a ZBS. To be clear, Flowers might not be a great fit in the ZBS, but I do think that if put into that scheme, he would be serviceable. He would be a mediocre starter, but would cause a lot of hair pulling. He is not someone you want full time for such an offense.
When the Broncos pick at No. 28, Flowers may still be available, though I have him going No. 18 to the Kansas City Chiefs. But, because of his bad fit in the offense, the Broncos should pass up on Flowers. There will likely be other offensive tackles available at the pick who fit the scheme a lot better.
The Broncos could also look to another position and draft a scheme fit offensive linemen later in the draft. Great teams don’t draft bad scheme fits and try to force them to play in it. They draft players who fit their scheme and coach them to excel.
In the video below, Ereck Flowers talks about his confidence in being able to play anywhere on the offensive line at the NFL Scouting Combine.
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