AnalysisFlowers is local talent from south Florida that elected to stay home and play for the Hurricanes. There, he developed into one of the game’s top offensive tackles. At 6-foot-5, 339-pounds, he gets off the ball incredibly well. Flowers has good feet, quick hands and a long reach. He shows the ability to move people off the ball and mirror defenders in pass pro. He projects as a right tackle and some believe he could be destined to play guard before it’s all said and done.
Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation
The Giants just selected a big brick for their front wall to protect quarterback Eli Manning and open up some running lanes in Ereck Flowers. He’s a is local talent from south Florida that elected to stay home and play for the Hurricanes. There, he developed into one of the game’s top offensive tackles. At 6-foot-5, 339-pounds, he gets off the ball incredibly well. Flowers has good feet, strength, quick hands and a long reach. He shows the ability to move people off the ball and mirror defenders in pass pro. He projects as a right tackle and some believe he could be destined to play guard before it’s all said and done. At Miami he played both tackle positions.
After starting four games at right tackle as a true freshman, Ereck Flowers shifted to the left side, where he started every game he’s played in for the Hurricanes during his last two seasons (sat out the 2014 North Carolina clash), despite playing most of this year with nagging knee issues.
Scouts feel that the junior is developing into the finest blocker the school has produced since Bryant McKinnie in 2001. Tailback Duke Johnson’s 1,542 yards this season was a major result of Flowers clearing out the rush lanes, as he recorded eight of his ten touch-down-resulting blocks with Johnson trailing the blocker (tailback scored ten times this season).
Flowers has an explosive burst off the snap and the functional speed needed to get into the second level. He is an aggressive blocker with above average strength and still developing more power. He is flexible and plays flat-footed, showing no problems redirecting. He demonstrates above average agility in his kick slide, doing a nice job of sinking his hips, dropping his weight and bending his knees while generating enough strength to anchor. His suddenness off the ball allows him to create and hold open the rush lanes.
While owning the size and athleticism that scouts love to see, Flowers' inconsistency reading the snap count resulted in nine penalties during the season. While he started at left tackle the last two years, most teams feel that his impressive strength and weight may make him a better fit at right tackle or even guard - where he could excel as he matures early in his career.
When lining up in a two-point stance, Flowers is difficult for isolated defenders and edge rushers to beat on the corner, as he is quick with his hands and has that reach and punch to engulf smaller opponents and stall the bigger ones. He generates good kick-slide in his retreat to seal off the edge and generates a very strong anchor, along with adjusting nicely to twists and late blitzes.
Perhaps it was his knee issues that prevented Flowers from using a bit more knee bend in attempts to maintain better posture, as he tried to compensate for the injury and ended up bending from the waist and lunging too often (see battle vs. Randy Gregory in the Nebraska game). Normally his recovery speed is acceptable, but he seemed to struggle when getting his weight moving back toward the line once out of kick-slide.
Flowers also compensated by using his strong arm-bar, and it seemed to buy him some time, unless he was beaten by a speed move. As a drive blocker, he has great confidence in shocking his opponent with his strong initial punch. Unless a defender escaped his hands, they found it very difficult to push him back off the line.
He has the strength and footwork to seal the edge and turn his man out of the hole, but again referring to his knee injury as a reason, he was inconsistent keeping his feet moving after the initial pop in 2014, even though he showed in the past that he can dominate his man when he delivers his punch to stop the defender.
As for a possible move to guard, Flowers displays the quick feet and body control to excel when pulling and trapping, often pushing his guard out of the way when both are on the move. He’s flexible and agile enough to hit his target and strong enough sustain. When healthy, he usually took out the man in front of him, but did have some trouble adjusting to plays coming from the inside.
Down field, Flowers can get to linebackers, knowing his angle and he can physically dominate most second level opponents once engaged. He will bend at the waist at times, allowing better defenders to shed him to make a play as the ball carrier goes by, though. Still, you can see the urgency in his play and his desire to clean up piles and hit the moving targets.
Ereck Flowers NFL Scouting Combine measurable
6-6/329 (5.31 forty)
34 1/2-inch arm length
9 7/8-inch hands
Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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