Brandon Flowers # DB
Height: 5-9 Weight: 187 Age: 28
Born: 2/18/1986 Delray Beach , FL
College: Virginia Tech
Experience: 7th season
High School: Atlantic HS [Delray Beach, FL]; Hargrave Mil. Acad. [Chatham, VA]
Selected By: Kansas City Chiefs
Pick (Overall): 4 (35)
Brandon Flowers developed into one of the elite cornerbacks in college football. He's also regarded as one of the hardest hitters at his position.
A student of the game who spends plenty of time in the film room and is effective in both man and zone coverage.
Flowers' size makes it difficult to believe the impact he puts behind his tackles. He has studied NFL cornerbacks to learn how passing teams attack a secondary.
Last offseason, while reviewing his own game film, Flowers noticed that he looked into the backfield too often before the wide receiver he was assigned to made a cut. Flowers improved his hip rotation and now plants his back foot when a receiver makes a break.
For Flowers, 2007 turned into another All-American campaign. Despite opposing quarterbacks making a determined effort to stay away from Flowers' territory, he still managed to intercept five passes and deflect nine others. His ability to anticipate the quarterback and get a jump on the route saw the boundary cornerback finish his career with 10 interceptions and 32 pass breakups.
At Atlantic High School, Flowers helped his team to a regional title in Class 5A his senior year, beating highly rated Ely High. He intercepted five passes and posted three sacks, as he also blocked a punt and recovered a pair of fumbles. For that performance, he earned first-team All-Area and All-Conference honors. Atlantic High would compile a 36-4 record during his varsity career.
Flowers attended Hargrave Military Academy to improve his academics. He was rated the 18th-best junior college or prep cornerback in the nation by College Football News, as he intercepted three passes as a cornerback.
He enrolled at Virginia Tech in 2004. He did not play in the season opener vs. Southern California, but made a spectacular interception for a 38-yard return the following week vs. Western Michigan. He suffered a fractured right fibula later in the contest and missed the rest of the season.
Flowers returned to action in 2005, starting vs. Marshall while spending the rest of the year behind Jimmy Williams at boundary cornerback. He posted 20 tackles (13 solo) with four pass deflections, 1 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage and an interception.
In 2006, Flowers took over the boundary cornerback spot, going on to start his final 27 games with the Hokies. He earned All-American second-team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors, leading the league with 21 passes defended, breaking up 18 throws and picking off three others. He totaled 51 tackles (29 solo) with 3.5 sacks and 7.5 stops for losses. He also caused a fumble and did not allow an opponent to catch any passes in three games.
As a junior, Flowers again received All-American and All-ACC recognition. Most quarterbacks steered clear of his area, but Flowers intercepted five passes and broke up nine others in 14 games. He ranked third on the team with 86 tackles (56 solo), including a very impressive eight stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2007.
In 41 games at Virginia Tech, Flowers started 28 contests at boundary cornerback, making 158 tackles (99 solo) with 3.5 sacks for minus-28 yards, 17 stops for losses of 71 yards and six quarterback pressures. He caused and recovered a fumble, deflected 32 passes and intercepted ten others for 172 yards in returns and two touchdowns.