Right Move, Wrong Move: Ereck Flowers

The New York Giants selected offensive lineman Ereck Flowers with the No. 9 overall pick, but the Giants Beat couldn't help but wonder if there were better options available to Big Blue or if they made the right choice by nabbing the former University of Miami stud?

The only thing more fun for NFL fans than the Draft itself, is the rampant speculation immediately following of who exactly they would’ve taken. By all accounts, hardcore fans of Big Blue must have been happy with needs addressed at guard, end, and safety. But playing the guessing game around the bar or inside a message board is far more enjoyable. What if Brandon Scherff had been available? What the Giants traded up to get Leonard Williams?

There’s no getting around the obvious need the Giants had for an offensive tackle. Protecting an aging Eli Manning and allowing him to deliver the ball to Pro Bowler Odell Beckham, Jr. or Victor Cruz is top priority. Teams draft with the future in mind, and Ereck Flowers has elite size and strength along the offensive line.

Once you get past the offensive line, other hypothetical picks begin to take shape. The offensive line may not have been the most prudent choice. The trenches are well-stocked with Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, Weston Richburg, and Justin Pugh. It’s possible the Giants opted for the old “best player available” mantra. But they weren’t thinking about where the holes are: the defense.

The Giants’ defense allowed an average of 25 point per game last season— a mark that was fourth-worst in the league. New York stumbled to 6-10 and missed the playoffs largely because it couldn’t keep the ball out of its end zone. If the Giants want to get back to the postseason, there must be a renewed emphasis on stopping the run.

Let’s say the Jaguars hadn’t picked Dante Fowler, Jr. and he fell to the Giants at pick No. 9. All-SEC Fowler would have been an absolute steal, and the Giants should feel fortunate they were able to nab him. At 6-3, 261, Fowler is a bit on the small side for a defensive end. But he was one of the few bright spots on a Florida Gators team that finished an underwhelming 7-5, notching 8.5 sacks in the process.

Defensively, the Giants gave up nearly 5 yards per carry last season, third-worst in that category. Fowler is the type of linebacker who could provide stability shooting the gap as a linebacker, or getting around the edge with his hand in the dirt. Scouts lauded his ability to time the snap count and burst through the line with superb speed. Fowler possesses an unstoppable desire to reach the ball carrier on every play, something coaches love, and something a Combine can’t predict or measure. In addition, his hands are quick, allowing him to fight off blocks. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, something the Giants could use on defense.


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The only thing more fun for NFL fans than the Draft itself, is the rampant speculation immediately following of who exactly they would’ve taken. By all accounts, hardcore fans of Big Blue must have been happy with needs addressed at guard, end, and safety. But playing the guessing game around the bar or inside a message board is far more enjoyable. What if Brandon Scherff had been available? What the Giants traded up to get Leonard Williams?

There’s no getting around the obvious need the Giants had for an offensive tackle. Protecting an aging Eli Manning and allowing him to deliver the ball to Pro Bowler Odell Beckham, Jr. or Victor Cruz is top priority. Teams draft with the future in mind, and Ereck Flowers has elite size and strength along the offensive line.

Once you get past the offensive line, other hypothetical picks begin to take shape. The offensive line may not have been the most prudent choice. The trenches are well-stocked with Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, Weston Richburg, and Justin Pugh. It’s possible the Giants opted for the old “best player available” mantra. But they weren’t thinking about where the holes are: the defense.

The Giants’ defense allowed an average of 25 point per game last season— a mark that was fourth-worst in the league. New York stumbled to 6-10 and missed the playoffs largely because it couldn’t keep the ball out of its end zone. If the Giants want to get back to the postseason, there must be a renewed emphasis on stopping the run.

Let’s say the Jaguars hadn’t picked Dante Fowler, Jr. and he fell to the Giants at pick No. 9. All-SEC Fowler would have been an absolute steal, and the Giants should feel fortunate they were able to nab him. At 6-3, 261, Fowler is a bit on the small side for a defensive end. But he was one of the few bright spots on a Florida Gators team that finished an underwhelming 7-5, notching 8.5 sacks in the process.

Defensively, the Giants gave up nearly 5 yards per carry last season, third-worst in that category. Fowler is the type of linebacker who could provide stability shooting the gap as a linebacker, or getting around the edge with his hand in the dirt. Scouts lauded his ability to time the snap count and burst through the line with superb speed. Fowler possesses an unstoppable desire to reach the ball carrier on every play, something coaches love, and something a Combine can’t predict or measure. In addition, his hands are quick, allowing him to fight off blocks. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, something the Giants could use on defense.

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