Bucs Scouting Report: Brandon Flowers

Each day leading up to the NFL Draft, Bucsblitz.com will break down a player that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be interested in on draft day. Today it's Virginia Tech CB Brandon Flowers. Find out his vitals, his college statistics, what our Scout.com personnel guru Tom Marino thinks of him and Matthew Postins' thoughts on how Flowers could fit in with the Bucs.

Brandon Flowers

POSITION: Cornerback.

MEASURABLES: 5-foot-10, 189 pounds, 4.55 in the 40.

COLLEGE CAREER: Started all fourteen games at cornerback in 2007, playing a big part in Tech ranking fourth in the nation in total defense (296.93 ypg), third in scoring defense (16.07) and fifth in passing efficiency defense (99.12 rating). Ranked third on the team with 86 tackles (56 solos) and fourth on the squad with eight stops for losses of 24 yards

PROJECTED AS: A potential starter at cornerback. At the least Flowers will see significant time in nickel packages and on special teams to start.

ARE THE BUCS INTERESTED: He met with Tampa Bay last week at One Buc Place.

DRAFT VALUE: Flowers has been a first-round or second-round selection in most mock drafts this offseason.

SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: This player has good feet and is a fast-twitch athlete and short-area player (more quick than fast). Worked out of a compact pedal and kept good relationship with receivers in his cushion. Has marginal speed, but compensated for this critical shortcoming with excellent playing instincts, awareness and anticipation. Has impressive ball skills. More than held his own defending the run. Is a good player, but is undersized and lacks the pure speed to cover the racehorses.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:

"Flowers can get a bit reckless trying to punish receivers, but most prefer an intimidator over a cornerback that tries to sneak up on opponents. Flowers hits hard and shows natural hands to come up with the interception. He is very good at disrupting a receiver's route progression and will deflect a lot of passes. To some, he lacks ideal size, but (Tampa Bay's) Ronde Barber has been a successful cornerback and sure tackler despite his frame. Flowers is cut from the same cloth. Some people talk about durability concerns, but that appears to be a non-issue — he's been on the field for every game since breaking his right leg in 2004." — NFLDraftscout.com

"Flowers, a junior, definitely made the correct decision in entering the '08 draft because are few elite cornerbacks in the Class of 2008. Flowers will not test as well as other prospects in pre-draft workouts, but cornerbacks with his smarts, instincts and competitive edge usually are more productive in the NFL. He will become a good NFL starter in any type of defense, improving over time because he will prepare hard for every receiver he faces." — Sportingnews.com.

MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: Flowers' value is all over the place right now, but I've thought of him as a second-round pick all along. He doesn't have the speed of a Mike Jenkins or a Leodis McKelvin. But you don't have to have top-flight speed to be successful in the Cover 2. If you're quick, have good instincts and are technically sound, you can have plenty of success. Flowers has all of those things, which leads me to believe he could come into a defense like Tampa Bay's and contribute immediately as a third cornerback. The Sporting News was right — Flowers didn't test well. But that won't diminish the interest of many NFL teams, including Tampa Bay. But here's the problem. I think No. 20 overall is a tad too high for Flowers when there could be better cornerbacks on the board, and I don't think Flowers will last to the Bucs' second-round pick. So while I like Flowers as a player and think he would be a great fit for Monte Kiffin's defense, I don't see him wearing a Bucs uniform in 2008.


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