Scouting Report: Brandon Flowers

The Chargers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Pro Bowler Brandon Flowers on Tuesday. He got the late axe in Kansas City thanks that an inflated salary and concerns about his fit in Bob Sutton's man-to-man defense. Can he return to his dominant ways? To find out, check out this scouting report by's Nick Athan.

A second-round pick in 2008, Flower's career numbers include 421 tackles, 97 pass breakups and 17 interceptions. He is an aggressive and physical playmaker despite his slight frame (5 foot 9, 187 lbs.).

Flowers joins 2014 first-round pick Jason Verrett (TCU) and 2013 fifth-round selection Steve Williams (UCLA) -- who missed his rookie campaign with a pectoral injury -- in a remade cornerback corps.

How much can Flowers help a pass defense than ranked No. 29 a season ago? To learn more, we checked in with Nick Athan, publisher of

"Flowers is a great person with the heart of a champion, but he suffered from a lack of size and closing speed the last several years now that receivers are bigger and stronger than when he came into the NFL.

"However, when he doesn't play bump-and-run coverage, as he did for the Chiefs a year ago, he's solid in zone coverages. He flies to the ball and can support the run with the best cornerbacks in the game.

"He lost his starter's role as an outside corner to a seventh-round pick (Marcus Cooper), who was cut from the San Francisco 49ers roster a year ago. His demotion (or move to the slot) came after he was burned several time. He had two knee twinges a year ago that didn't require surgery.

"With that said, he can play the slot pretty well provided he has help over the top. In others words, without a strong safety behind Flowers, he tends to gamble too much and gets burned. Not sure the Chargers' rotation, but I'd say he'll play the slot in San Diego."

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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