Photo of Marquis Flowers
Drafted By: Bengals
Grade
4.8 ?

Draft Analysis:

"Flowers moves around well in space, and has excellent hands for a defensive player." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Excellent timed speed and explosiveness -- clocked a 4.51-second 40 and 37 1/2-inch vertical jump at his pro day. Is tough and will battle through injuries, finishing 2012 season with a shoulder injury and 2013 with a spatted right ankle that noticeably affecting his movement. Solid tackle production -- has great range, is around the ball a lot and can track down speed backs. Good recovery speed (when out of position).

Weaknesses

Has a lean build and could use additional bulk. Lacks physicality and plays small. Does not play to his timed speed. Average instincts. Lacks a plan as a blitzer/edge rusher and gets overwhelmed and engulfed by bigger bodies. Struggles with adjustments, and overall work ethic has considerable room for improvement. Did not play on special teams. Can be too chirpy when concentration is needed.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

An overgrown box safety, Flowers converted to "Sam" linebacker as a junior and possesses intriguing measurables to warrant interest as a developmental, fast-flowing linebacker prospect. Has clear make-it athletic traits but must learn what it means to be a pro to earn a roster spot.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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