PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
OC John McNulty, spread. Former Brian Kelly assistant (TE coach) at Notre Dame.
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
Flowers is a versatile player with experience playing inside (slot), outside (X), or off the ball at the Z. At 5-10 175lbs, he projects as a slot at the next level. On tape, Flowers wins his battles with an elite ability to change direction. He is dangerous in space, where he forces defenders into bad angles. He can stop on a dime and get from 0 to 60 in a hurry leaving defenders grasping for air or stuck in quicksand trying to reel him in (Ankles beware). Flowers has quick feet and a quick release off the line. His route running ability is high level, and when you add in his elite agility, he has no issue getting separation. He can sell his routes at a high level, using his entire body to sell the defender one way before snapping his route in the other direction. His size will be a factor at the next level.
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
Flowers is an effective runner when given the opportunity. He can be used on jet sweeps and reverses. He is a willing blocker in the run game even though he is a smaller player; he is effective.
Zay Flowers is another of the many smallish but quick slot or Z (off the ball) WR's we have seen in the last few NFL drafts. In 2020, Flowers was an All-ACC First Team selection. In 2021, Flowers amassed 44 catches and 746 yards, with 5 TD's. Flowers did not shine the same way he did in 2020 as he dealt with injuries at the QB position. With Phil Jurkovec projected to be back under center, Flowers could be in for a big year.