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Zay Flowers Scouting Report

This report was done by TJ Hairston. Hairston, a Bridgewater State Wide Receiver who had a 2022 pro-day workout at Holy Cross will be evaluating the Wide Receivers.

Player: Zay Flowers Pos: WR School: Boston College Measurements: HT 5’9 182 lbs Arm 29 ¼ Hand 9 ¼ Combine #’s: 40- 4.42, 10 yard Split 1.53, Vert 35.5 Broad Jump 10’7 Best Pro Fit: In the slot with his size would be a good fit. His speed and quickness would be a tough matchup for a lot of linebackers and safeties in the NFL. A team that would need a desperate need at slot would be New England, Texans, and potentially the Colts. He is projected to be the starter within the first two years, having him go in motion and do jet sweeps would also be an ideal use for him as a slot WR. Personal notes: Zay Flowers is definitely a first-round pick for a team that’s needy for a receiver because of his athleticism but it wouldn’t surprise me if he falls into that late first round because of other receivers in other stronger conferences. Stats: Zay Flowers showed playmaking skills as a receiver and rusher during his true freshman season with the Eagles, starting two of 13 appearances (22-341-15.5, three TDs receiving; 27-195-7.2, one TD rushing). The three-star recruit took a big step forward after teaming up with Notre Dame transfer and quarterback Phil Jurkovec, garnering first-team All-ACC recognition with team-highs 892 yards and nine scores on his 56 receptions (15.9 per, also 11-41-3.7, one TD rushing). An injured Jurkovec impacted Flowers' decreased production in 2021, though he was still named third-team all-conference (44-746-17.0, five TDs receiving; 7-69-9.9 rushing in 12 starts). He set career marks with 78 receptions, 1,077 receiving yards (13.8 per) and tied for fifth in the FBS with 12 receiving touchdowns in 12 starts (also 12-40-3.3 rushing, 7-43-6.1 punt returns) in 2022. Strengths: • Sudden feet to slip press and race ahead of coverage. • Stair-steps man coverage out of leveraged positioning. • Routes are fast and maintain their momentum through turns. • Lower body flexion to corner tightly at breakpoints. • Hands are average but overall ball skills impress. • Tracks and catches deep balls with above-average poise. • Works back to the throw when needed. • Very slippery as an open-field runner. Weaknesses • Shorter arms and smaller hands. • In too much of a hurry at times. • Routes need better salesmanship and attention to detail. • Needs to do a better job of finding optimal holes in zone coverage. • Might lack play strength to win contested catches as a pro. • Teams might have to live with more drops than they would like to see.

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