Yes, it's stupid to try to grade draft picks that were made just hours ago. Analysts, however, do it. Because fans love to read them, they love to know right away what the alleged "experts" think of how their team did. So, here are your instant grades for the New York Giants' selection of offensive tackle Ereck Flowers in the 2015 NFL Draft.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar didn't like the Giants' selection of Flowers at all, giving it a C+.
The only reason this grade is this high is because Flowers is a perfect scheme fit in New York. He's a power blocker who could stick at left tackle or even work at right tackle for the Giants. Still, this is really high for a player who has struggled at times in pass protection and is raw in his technique. Giants general manager Jerry Reese always hammers home the best player available point, and it's hard to see Flowers being that at pick No. 9.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports was a bit kinder, giving the pick a B+.
The Giants needed help up front. This is a kid scouts loved. He is tough and physical. I think he plays right tackle and moves Justin Pugh inside.
Charlie Campbell of Walter Football gives the selection a B.
So much for Mel Kiper's assertion that no offensive linemen were worth taking at No. 9. Ereck Flowers is definitely worth the selection, and I'm not just saying that because he's a reader of the site. Flowers was the best pure tackle prospect in this draft, and I had him going No. 10 in my mock draft, so the range definitely makes sense. Flowers also fills a big need, as the Giants had to protect Eli Manning, who has been battered and bruised the past couple of seasons.
Doug Farrar of SI.com gives the selection a C.
Miami's Ereck Flowers will definitely add a lot of power to a Giants offensive line in some turmoil and allow the planned move of Justin Pugh to right guard, if that is how they want to go. The 6'6", 329-pound Flowers may be the best overall run blocker in this draft class—he fires out with authority, and he loves to bully people around. The problem with picking him this high is that Flowers's pass protection is very much a work in progress. His kick-step is choppy at best, and he can be beaten by speed rushers to either side.
With some technique work, Flowers could be a complete tackle, but NFL teams don't take linemen in the top 10 to let them develop. He'll be starting right away, and he may struggle to keep Eli Manning protected early on.
In our poll, thus far 71 percent (1,423) of 2,004 voters say they like the pick. There is still time to cast your vote.