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MMQB: Line coach says Ereck Flowers' 'technique was terrible' in college

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This assessment from a veteran NFL line coach isn't kind, or encouraging.

Ereck Flowers
Ereck Flowers
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The technique deficiences of New York Giants first-round pick Ereck Flowers have already been discussed at length. Now, subbing for Peter King on Monday, Greg Bedard added to that concern, writing that one veteran NFL offensive line coach said Flowers had "some of the worst technique I've ever seen in a player drafted that high."

Here is the full quote:

I think the Giants are fooling themselves if they think the pectoral muscle injury suffered by left tackle Will Beatty, which reportedly could keep him out until at least October, won’t have huge ramifications. Beatty had developed himself into a very capable left tackle, and now the Giants are left with either Justin Pugh (who underwhelmed so much at right tackle he had been penciled in at guard ) or Ereck Flowers, the ninth overall pick out of Miami earlier this month. I recently spent the weekend at the Coaches of Offensive Line (COOL) Clinic in Cincinnati, and the reviews on Flowers were not good. "Some of the worst technique I’ve ever seen in a player drafted that high," said one veteran NFL line coach. "He played for one of the best coaches, Art Kehoe, and his technique was terrible," said another coach. "That tells me he doesn’t take coaching well. That’s a big problem because all of the recent tackles have struggled making the transition. It now takes them until Year 3. You can thank the spread and the [collective bargaining agreement] for that."

Flowers is a huge, athletically-gifted young man with tremendous upside, as 'Rap's' recent film study demonstrated. At Miami, he was able to sometimes mask his deficiencies with his size and power. How quickly, or if, Flowers can iron out those technical flaws has suddenly become very important to the Giants' 2015 season.

One thing Bedard is right about. Beatty is/was more important to the the Giants than many would still like to admit.