Arkansas’ Trey Flowers
— Flowers finished his career ranked second in school history with 47.5 tackles for losses and tied for ninth with 18 sacks. His TFL count was the most of any active SEC defender and tied for second nationally.
— As a senior, the three-year starter finished third on the team with 68 tackles, including team-leading figures of six sacks and 15.5 TFLs to earn second-team all-SEC honors for the second consecutive year.
— Of the top 10 edge defenders (3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end), only one had more TFLs against the run than Flowers in 2014.
“Quite frankly, I want them to talk about my run defense. Just being in the league I was in, the SEC – it’s a run league. So if you’re stopping the run in one of the top running leagues in the nation, then you must be a pretty good player. I take pride in doing that, and that takes a lot of toughness and heart. You’ve got to want to stop the run. I can rush the passer, and I’ve shown that. But I can stop the run, and I think that’s one of my strong points.”
— He had a big game against Alabama with one sack, three tackles for losses and eight total tackles as the Razorbacks almost pulled off a shocking upset.
“Besides the fact that we lost and I really wanted that one, it was a game that I’ve said we should have won. But from an individual standpoint, I put us in a good position to win. Just our defense put us in a good position. The offense played well, but we just came up short.”
— Flowers was nominated for the Senior CLASS Award. He had a GPA of over 3.0 and graduated early with a degree in economics. He’s also active in the community.
“It’s an unbelievable honor just to be nominated for that. That’s something else I take pride in, not only on the field where I take care of business, but being a real representative off the field.”
Testing at the Scouting Combine
Flowers measured in at 6-foot-2 1/8 and 266 pounds. He’s got above-average with 34 1/4-inch arms and 10-inch hands.
40 — 4.93 seconds. Vertical — 36.5 inches. Bench — 28 reps. Three-cone — 7.34 seconds.
Of the 23 players listed as defensive ends at the Scouting Combine, Flowers ranked first on the bench, second in the road jump and fifth in the vertical jump and 60-yard shuttle (12.03 seconds).
At pro day, he was timed in 4.81 seconds with a 7.22 in the three-cone.
Flowers may lack the ideal height and bulk teams look for in a defensive end, but if possibly moved to linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, he has the physical hands and stout frame to split double teams. He demonstrates very good lower-body flexibility. He is able to redirect with no wasted motion and demonstrates proper knee bend and balance to be effective as a bull rusher. He lacks blazing speed, but is slippery getting through trash and has the straight-line burst to surprise a lethargic offensive tackle. He generates a quick first step to gain penetration and the agility and balance to pressure the pocket. He is relentless in pursuit and has that first step that allows him to greatly affect pass protection coverage.
Flowers is a good tackler, an aggressive hitter who will consistently square up and wrap, as he does a good job of bringing his hips. He knows how to use his upper body strength to unload, as he does a good job of wrapping, striking and exploding behind his tackles. He has the athleticism to stay up and play on his feet. He uses his hands well to protect his legs vs. low blocks. He has good mobility and is quick to locate at the point of attack. His lack of bulk hurts him on occasion, especially when working in-line, but he is a very effective chaser. He flashes the ability to come underneath and make the play.
On the move, Flowers does a good job of mirroring the running back in the short zone. He has good up field quickness and shows very good hand usage, with the hip flip, pop-and-jerk and rip moves needed to bend the corner. The thing I like on film is his body control and flashes of upper body power coming off the edge. His motor is constantly going and he loves to hit the passer. He has the hand strength to counter, pull and jerk the blocker when attempting to gain penetration. He has valid burst and acceleration to close on the ball and the speed to chase down from the backside. He shows a strong desire to get to the quarterback and generates that extra surge to finish the play.
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