After selecting offensive tackle Ereck Flowers with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night, New York Giants' general manager Jerry Reese said where Flowers plays is up to head coach Tom Coughlin. So, coach, how about it? Where is your new offensive lineman going to play?
Is he going to start out at right tackle, moving imcumbent right tackle Justin Pugh inside to guard? Will Flowers, who has never played guard, start his career by moving inside? Will he challenge Will Beatty for the left tackle job? Coughlin admitted that Flowers' future is at tackle, but wanted no part of the question about where Flowers fits into the current alignment.
"I am not going to comment on that until I have the opportunity to talk to our coaches about exactly how we are going to go about starting this," Coughlin said. "He can be either side. He [was] a left tackle last year, but he has the size and so on and so forth to play a lot of spots if you so desire. We think he is a tackle."
Reese said that one thing he likes about Flowers is that he has "a little bit of a nasty streak." Coughlin sees it, as well.
"You see him on film. You see him at the second level trying to finish people off. Arriving in a bad humor at a pile. You see all that stuff," Coughlin said.
Coughlin referred to the 6-foot-6, 329-pound Flowers as "a battleship."
"The kid is an outstanding athlete. He is very young, as you know. He is a battleship, an aircraft carrier or however you want to describe him at six-foot-six, 329 [pounds]. Strongest guy in the draft. Outstanding feet. [He] just turned 21 a couple of days ago here in mid- to late-April," Coughlin said. "Those things, together with the desire to improve both our offensive and our defensive lines, to be honest with you, we think we have made a good start here."