The New York Giants selected Miami offensive tackle Ereck Flowers with the ninth overall pick Thursday night in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
With offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, the consensus pick for the Giants my most analysts (including yours truly) off the board to the Washington Redskins at No. 5 (see the reaction at Hogs Haven) the Giants turned to Flowers, the mauling, 21-year-old from Miami with the high upside, but some technique issues to iron out.
Our own Jesse Bartolis nailed this pick in his final mock draft on Thursday morning. Jesse wrote, in part:
Flowers makes sense for a lot of reasons for the Giants which have been detailed plenty, but basically all you need to know is that he is the biggest and strongest top offensive lineman prospect in the class. Oh, and the youngest. He should contribute early and could develop into the best offensive lineman in a few years.
Here is Giants' GM Jerry Reese talking about Flowers, via Twitter:
"We think it's all upside with him. Young. Powerful. Tough. He's got a nasty streak," Reese said. "We project him as a really good football player first. Where he ends up, that's up to our coaches."
[Related: Twitter reaction]
Head coach Tom Coughlin said Flowers is "a battleship, an aircraft carrier."
The most likely scenario for the Giants would be for Flowers to begin at right tackle with Justin Pugh moving to left guard. A second option could be Pugh staying at right tackle and Flowers, at least initially, playing inside at guard.
"Hopefully this can settle our offensive line down so we don't have to talk about our offensive line as much," Reese said. "This guy don't take crap from anybody.
"When you pick a guy with the ninth pick you expect him to come in and play pretty quickly."
From Invictus' prospect profile on Flowers:
He's one of the few true left tackle prospects but could easily line up on the right side. His balance issues and strength are really frustrating to watch on film, but watching him move around effortlessly is almost breathtaking. A super high-end developmental player for me, he's worthy of a first-round pick, but you have to have a contingency in place.
Here is a little bit from a profile of Flowers by SB Nation's Stat of the U:
No matter where he gets picked, he figures to be a franchise type LT at the next level, given his strength, toughness, and demeanor.
Giants director of player personnel Marc Ross called the 6-foot-7, 329-pound Flowers "a man-child."
@TideNFL @TideNFL Stoked to be a part of the #Giants Big Blue! Look forward to rockin' #OurColors on gameday #spon pic.twitter.com/IsFgR6ZOFo— Ereck Flowers (@Eflow_74) May 1, 2015
Your thoughts, Giants fans?
[Related: Hurricanes' fans celebrate selection of Flowers by Giants]
The first eight picks
1. Tampa Bay Baccaneers -- QB Jameis Winston
2. Tennessee Titans -- QB Marcus Mariota
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- DE Dante Fowler
4. Oakland Raiders -- WR Amari Cooper
5. Washington Redskins -- OT Brandon Scherff
6. New York Jets -- DE Leonard williams
7. Chicago Bears -- WR Kevin White
8. Atlanta Falcons -- DE Vic Beasley
Giants' round-by-round selections
Round 1 (No. 9) -- Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Round 2 (No. 40)
Round 3 (No. 74)
Round 4 (No. 108)
Round 5 (No. 144)
Round 6 (186)
Round 7 (No. 226)
Round 7 (No. 245, from Broncos for Brandon McManus)
Big Blue View Draft resources
Here are some of the resources right here at Big Blue View that you might want to refer to during the draft.
- BBV NFL Draft Hub Page, where you will find all of our Draft coverage for the past several months.
- Round-by-round Big Board
- Prospect profiles. We have done more than 80 of these.
- Mock draft database.
- Rules for draft success
- Prospect visits tracker