NEPD Editor: James Christensen
After selecting three players in the 2015 NFL draft’s opening three rounds, the Patriots were back on the clock for the 101st pick. They selected Arkansas DE Trey Flowers.
Flowers is a 6’2″, 265-pound defensive end that features 34-plus inch arms and phenomenal lower-body explosiveness. Flowers was a top performer in the vertical leap and broad jump at the 2015 NFL Combine.
#Patriots pick Trey Flowers was one of Gruden's favorite players in draft. Reminded him of LaMarr Woodley.
— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) May 2, 2015
On the field, however, Flowers doesn’t always display a big pop off the snap of the ball. Instead, he relies on solid technique, leverage and his ability to cover a lot of ground with his strides to win at the point of attack. You also won’t lose anything with him in the run game. He stacks and sheds on the edge and is certainly not a liability.
Trey Flowers a top 15 finisher in both 3-Cone and Short Shuttle. Just like Grissom. If you want to narrow down Pats board, I suggest..
— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 2, 2015
Flowers was a durable, consistent performer at Arkansas, where he was a team captain. He was a three-year starter and finished with 17 sacks and 47 tackles for loss.