Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Report: Ereck Flowers


The Kansas City Chiefs have the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and many fans hope that the team will address the offensive line. The line struggled to protect Alex Smith last season, allowing him to be sacked 45 times. The Chiefs might decide to add a young prospect to the line for 2015, and if so, Ereck Flowers would be a great option.

Flowers played for three years at Miami and decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He’s mainly played at the left tackle position during his three year career, but he did see some playing time at right tackle during his freshman year. It’s worth noting that the Chiefs’ main needs on the line are at center and at right tackle.

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    The need for a young, efficient offensive lineman is crucial in this draft, but it might not be a first round necessity. At this point, the Chiefs have put themselves in the position to draft the best available player in round one (whether it be on offense or on defense).

    "While they have different body types, Flowers will have some of the same strengths and flaws 2014 first-round pick Greg Robinson had coming in. Flowers has the size, feet and talent to be a very good left tackle but he will be a work in progress unless he can eliminate some of the balance issues that could plague him.– NFL.com"

    I watched Ereck Flowers once last season, when the Hurricanes were playing against my beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers, and my memory of Flowers wasn’t the best. Sure, his playing was all right, but he had to be warned during the game for making inappropriate gestures to the Nebraska fans.

    Behavior like that is not acceptable, especially if you’re hoping to go pro. If the Chiefs draft Flowers, then I hope he has worked on his attitude. The team won’t need a guy acting like that during an intense game.

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    All right, back to the basics. Here is what Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had to say about Flowers’ strengths and weaknesses,

    "Strengths: Once he gets upper hand in run game, he usually sustains and finishes. Secures combo block with a vengeance. Has feet to become solid zone blocker. Mean and highly competitive. Wants to dominate and gets surly when beaten on a snap. Special foot quickness in pass protection.~~~Weaknesses: Pass protection needs plenty of work. Footwork gets sloppy and undisciplined, causing base to narrow. Ducks head into contact and is a leaner in pass pro, creating balance problems."

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the Chiefs upgrading the offensive line, but I’d rather they go after either Andrus Peat or Cameron Erving if they feel the need to spend their first round pick on it.

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