We’ve been blessed with impressively deep wide receiver classes in the NFL Draft in recent seasons. With another class of talented pass catchers coming our way, Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers could be the steal of the 2022 NFL Draft class. The Eagles’ playmaker has the skill set to be one of the most exciting players in college football this fall, but what does Flowers’ scouting report reveal about his potential at the next level?
Zay Flowers NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Wide Receiver
- School: Boston College
- Current Year: Junior
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 177 pounds
Zay Flowers Scouting Report
Flowers emerged as one of the most dynamic receivers in college football last fall. The Boston College pass catcher is one of the top returning receivers in total yardage from last season. Furthermore, he’s the top returning junior receiver in touchdowns.
While impressive, it’s worth remembering the extenuating circumstances of 2020. Additionally, it’s important to not lean heavily on statistics while evaluating any position, particularly at wide receiver.
However, consider Flowers a genuine 2022 NFL Draft prospect, and his scouting report reveals the full extent of his potential.
Versatility is an increasingly important part of the allure of an NFL Draft prospect. With just 53 spots on a roster, the more you can contribute, the more it strengthens your case to be on an NFL team come September.
Flowers is as versatile as they come. Although he best projects as a slot receiver at the next level, he has been used in various ways. Boston College has used him in the slot, out wide, in motion, and out of the backfield. Despite being used less frequently as a rusher last fall, he had 27 carries in 2019.
Ankle-breaking athleticism makes Flowers an exciting NFL Draft prospect
Flowers can be so versatile due to his exceptional athletic profile. The wide receiver has a ludicrous change-of-direction ability, making him elusive in the open field. He exhibits impressive body control to stop almost instantaneously, contorting his upper body away from his tackler. Flowers has incredible ankle-breaking ability combined with his acceleration and speed, making him a big-play threat.
His impressive athletic ability helps him to win at the line of scrimmage. Flowers has quick feet, which allows him to beat his man, but also demonstrates a toolbox of different releases. The Boston College wide receiver also possesses impressive route-running ability, helped by effortlessly selling route fakes with his headwork and a flick of his hips.
His dynamic and electric game-changing ability make Flowers must-watch entertainment this fall. The Boston College wide receiver is currently viewed as a third-round prospect. Yet, with another season of impressive tape, there’s no reason why he can’t elevate his NFL Draft stock.
Areas for improvement
Although there is an ever-increasing number of “smaller” wide receivers in the game, height continues to be a measuring stick on which to define NFL Draft potential. At 5’10”, Flowers won’t be one of the bigger receivers in the class. He’s likely to be viewed as a slot-only receiver at the next level, which could limit his stock.
Height can be mitigated if you have a well-built frame or play the game with a physicality above your measurements. Flowers will need to demonstrate the latter during the upcoming season. He can be knocked off his route by contact during the play. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not talking Tutu Atwell levels of route disruption, but it’s an area for improvement nonetheless.
Finally, look for Flowers to show improved catching technique this fall. Although there were few drops in the games studied, he has a propensity for body catches rather than plucking the ball out of the air.
Zay Flowers Player Profile
In a deep pool of talented players at your position, it can often be challenging to differentiate yourself from your peers. Fortunately for Flowers, the diminutive wide receiver has spent his life attempting to stand out in a crowd. One of 14 children, Xavien Kevonn Flowers grew up in the talent-prosperous and highly competitive state of Florida.
A multi-sport standout for University School in Fort Lauderdale, Flowers showcased ability on the basketball court. Meanwhile, he lined up on both sides of the ball on the gridiron. With speed, acceleration, and the ability to read the game, he consistently made game-changing plays as a defensive back for the Sharks.
However, his electric ability as a wide receiver caught the attention of college football programs. During his junior season, Flowers secured 48 catches for 631 yards and 10 touchdowns. Although he was a three-star recruit who failed to break the top 100 wide receivers in the nation by 247 Sports, the phenom from Fort Lauderdale secured nearly 30 offers.
Despite committing early to Nebraska, Flowers made prospective programs wait through his senior season. Productive once again, the electric pass catcher turned 38 receptions into 8 touchdowns, helping guide University to consecutive Class 4A State semifinals. In addition to his dynamic skill set, Flowers also demonstrated incredible mental toughness as he helped the team win in the same week that his brother was shot dead.
Following his senior season — and almost a year after being offered by Boston College — Flowers announced his commitment to the Eagles.
Flowers’ career at Boston College
Although Boston College had relied extensively on the ground game in recent years, the capture of the Floridian pass catcher was a significant coup in the 2019 recruiting class.
Furthermore, Flowers began proving why immediately upon his arrival at Chestnut Hill. On his debut against Virginia Tech, the versatile playmaker racked up 116 all-purpose yards, including a 33-yard touchdown.
The following week, he added a 46-yard touchdown run to his résumé against Richmond. Further touchdowns came against Wake Forest and Syracuse. Flowers ended his freshman campaign with 341 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns off of 22 receptions. Additionally, he ran the rock 27 times at 7.2 yards per carry for 195 total rushing yards.
Despite impressing as a freshman, being a wide receiver in Steve Addazio’s power-run offense wouldn’t help get Flowers noticed as a future NFL Draft prospect.
However, the arrival of Jeff Haffley — and perhaps more importantly, offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti — revolutionized the Boston College offense. With a heavier focus on the passing game and a new quarterback in Phil Jurkovec, Flowers was catapulted into the national consciousness.
Flowers soars in his sophomore season for the Eagles
During the season opener against Duke, Flowers secured 5 catches for 162 yards. His ability to deceive defenses with speed and ankle-breaking change of direction resulted in a 61-yard touchdown.
He repeated the feat against Pittsburgh while setting a program record for single-game touchdowns. Flowers’ 3 TDs included a game-winning grab in overtime. Having recorded two games of 162 yards early in the season, the Boston College receiver set a career-high 180 yards against Virginia in the season finale.
Although tight end Hunter Long led the team in receptions, Flowers led Boston College with 892 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign. Moreover, his performances earned him first-team All-ACC honors. He became only the second Eagles receiver ever to achieve the accolade.
Flowers enters his junior season very much on the NFL Draft radar. His performances last year ensured that he goes into the 2021 college football season on the Biletnikoff Award watchlist. Additionally, he received preseason first-team All-ACC acknowledgment here at Pro Football Network. In his second year with Jurkovec in Cignetti’s offense, there is every opportunity for Flowers to blossom into one of the top receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft class.