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Giants Snag Miami OT Ereck Flowers With 9th Pick in NFL Draft

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The Giants needed a tackle, and Thursday they got one, taking Miami OT Ereck Flowers with their first pick of the draft, 9th pick overall.

Here’s a scouting report on Flowers, who will add some huge beef to the line.

Scouts tell that they feel Flowers could be a stud who turns into a NFL difference-maker at left tackle. He already is a powerful presence in the ground game. Multiple teams told that they’ve given Flowers a first-round grade – most have him in the top 20. Many project Flowers to start out at right tackle, and they’ll see if can move to left tackle after some development.

Flowers had a strong Combine. He led all the offensive linemen in the bench press with 37 reps. Flowers plays with a lot of power, and his bench press total is even more impressive considering he has long arms (34 1/2 inches). Flowers’ 40 time was quick considering he is heavier than most of the top offensive linemen. In the field work, Flowers slid well while showing real power and shock in his hands in the pads drills. He did well in the mirror drill, but needs a little work to stay compact and not get his arms out wide. Flowers is only 20 years old and is full of potential.

Flowers finishes plays really well and has a mean streak. The only thing that might hurt him is bending and hand placement. Some times he does more waist bending rather than the knee bending that NFL teams prefer. However, that situation often comes with the territory of a big blocker. He also gets too wide with his hands at time.

Flowers put together an excellent 2014 season. The junior demonstrated excellent feet, quickness, length and agility to block on the blind side. In the ground game, Flowers opened a lot of holes for Duke Johnson. Flowers even played well while dealing with a recurring knee injury from a torn meniscus. That knocked him out against North Carolina, but he came back quickly to play well against Florida State. Flowers was absolutely dominant against South Carolina to conclude his 2014 season. He illustrated his tremendous skill set as he was rock solid in pass protection and moved defenders in the ground game

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One Response to “Giants Snag Miami OT Ereck Flowers With 9th Pick in NFL Draft”

  1. B.J. Rassam says:

    You can seemingly never have enough solid players on the line – OL or DL.

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