2015 NFL Draft Profile: Trey Flowers, DE Arkansas


 Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers has a lot of things going for him.  He’s strong with a muscular build and a motor that doesn’t stop.  He’ll please coaches with his solid technique and excellent use of his hands.  Even when playing against top-level competition in college, he was successful.

However, there are some areas of his game that need improvement.  Flowers will need to learn to better anticipate snap counts as well as add more diversity of his moves.  He could also use some help in disengaging with offensive linemen when trying to track down a ball carrier.  While those are all things that can be helped by a good coaching staff, there is question if he’ll be able to fit a scheme other than a 4-3 defensive end.

An excellent combine helps out his stock and teams looking for a solid pass rusher around the third round of the draft should be happy to risk their pick on a guy like Trey Flowers.  If teams were happy with the numbers they saw from him at the combine, they may be a little less concerned with his burst and agility.  If a team really likes him, he could be picked as early as the beginning of the second round.

Nov 22, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks defensive end Trey Flowers (86) during the second half against the Ole Miss Rebels at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas defeated Mississippi 30-0. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 266 pounds
  • Arm Length: 34 1/4″
  • Hand Size: 10″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.93 seconds
  • Bench Press: 28 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 36.5″
  • Broad Jump: 121″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.34″
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds
  • 60 Yard Shuttle: 12.03 seconds

Draft Projection

 Trey Flowers is the #75 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is their 9th best defensive end.  He’s projected to be a late second to early third round draft selection.

NFL Player Comparison

  • NFL.com: Adrian Clayborn, Atlanta Falcons
  • CBSSports.com: N/A

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota is always looking for pass rushers to compete for a starting job or provide depth at the position.  The Vikings will use defensive ends all along the defensive line, so when in their “Nascar” type formation, they could employ several on the field at once.

My Take

I have to admit that I’m a bit interested in Trey Flowers.  If the Vikings can fill two other major needs with their first picks, I’d have no problem with the Vikings risking their third round selection on Flowers.  However, players with the kind of motor and fire that Flowers have don’t tend to last very long on draft day, and I assume he’ll be off the board by round 3.

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