2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Trey Flowers

By Josh Collacchi on Sunday, December 28th 2014
2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Trey Flowers

Name: Trey Flowers

College: Arkansas

Class: Senior

Position: Defensive End

Height: 6-3

Weight: 270

Background/Character
Leadership: 9 Experience: 9 Off-the-Field: 9
Mental Capacity: 9 Mental Toughness: 8 Durability: 10

Final Grade: 9.00

Flowers missed just one game in his career, and was a team captain as a senior. He is an academic honor roll student as is widely known as a student of the game at Arkansas. Flowers majors in economics and has no known off-the-field issues. Flowers played well in big games, registering a sack against Texas A&M in 2013 and had three and a half tackles for loss against Florida the same season. 

 

Athleticism
Balance: 9 C.O.D.: 7 Explosiveness: 5
Flexibility: 6 Coordination: 8 Body Type: 6

Final Grade: 6.833

As an athlete, Flowers cannot offer much. Despite the fact that he plays as a defensive end, he moves like a defensive tackle. This is not a bad thing, as he can make a smooth transition inside as a five technique in a 3-4. Off the ball, he is not going to offer much in pass rushing situations, but his ability to maintain balance against offensive linemen is valuable in the run game, which will give him value to NFL teams. 

 

Overall
Football I.Q.: 9 Motor: 7 Aggressiveness: 5
Initial Quicks: 5 Tackling: 8 Stamina: 8

Final Grade: 7.00

Flowers is excellent against the run, and he uses his body well in terms of anchoring an offensive linemen and closing his gap assignments. As a defensive end in a 4-3 in college, he was asked to attempt to rush the passer, which is not his strong suit. But, in the run game he continues to go after the ball carrier and has driven the offensive line directly into the ball carrier and tackled with one hand. As a run stopper, Flowers is an excellent player, but do not expect him to make any noise as a pass rusher. If you can add him to your team as a depth five technique, he can play in the rotation right away. He'll need to either add weight to play the 5T, or shed weight and increase his ability as a pass rusher to make it as a 4-3 defensive end. The latter seems unlikely.

Here's a GIF of what Flowers (# 86) can do against the run, and does well. He is able to engage, then shed a block and stuff the rusher in the gap for minimal gain. Flowers was able to do this on more than one occasion, and often times it happens in the backfield.

Player Comparison Poor man's Cedric Thornton
Projected Draft Position 3rd round
Best Scheme Fit 3-4 as a 5-Tech
Injury History N/A
Career Accolades Coaches All-SEC (Second Team) - 2013
SEC All-Freshman Team - 2011
Career Stats 181 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, one interception

Information from DraftBreakdown.com, ESPN.com, and ArkansasRazorBacks.com

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