The NFL Draft will be kicking off on April 27th in Kansas City, Missouri and the mock drafts are a hot commodity as we are in the offseason. The New Orleans Saints will hold the 29th overall selection in this year’s draft after gaining that pick from trading Sean Payton to Denver. New Orleans will have their options at that draft selection and be able to fill some of their needs on both sides of the ball. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Saints taking Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers in his 2.0 mock draft. This is the second mock draft that has New Orleans landing the star wide receiver.
Zay Flowers Would Add Another Weapon in New Orleans:
Hear from Daniel Jeremiah on what he likes about Flowers and how he can fit in with the Saints offense that has the chance to lose both Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry in the offseason:
“Flowers is one of the most enjoyable players to study in this year’s class. He’d be a lock for the top 15 if he were two inches taller.”
New Orleans would be able to fill in the missing piece in the Saints offense and would add to the young depth the team has on their depth chart. With Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed having a solid rookie season, Flowers would be able to add to the talent that Saints already have. Depth is a major concern for the Saints if they lose Thomas and Landry that would open up the door for a incoming rookie wide receiver to take the workload.
Flowers would provide just that as he had a successful collegiate career with Boston College. He got he collegiate career started in 2019 during his freshman season where he caught 22 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. The Fort Lauderdale native would become just the second Boston College wide receiver to be named First Team All-ACC in school history during the 2020 season.
In that season, Flowers finished the year with 892 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He would enter his final season in 2022 with 122 receptions, 1,979 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Flowers would set the Boston College single-season mark in receiving touchdowns (12) and tied the record for receptions in a season (78).
Zay Flowers Scouting Report:
Hear from the Draft Network on what strengths Flowers brings to the football field every time he steps on the gridiron and why he’s getting so much praise from draft scouts:
“Flowers has improved his ability to track the football while it’s in the air. Despite his smaller frame, he is far more competitive at the catch point this season. He has reeled in 50% contested catch targets this season. Flowers does an outstanding job attacking the defender’s leverage with his route speed and tempo. Once the ball is in his hands, he is an explosive and dynamic threat to generate big plays.
Flowers’ versatility will make it easier for coordinators to dial his number and get the football in his hands. The plan a team has for him in year one should revolve around pre-snap motion, manufactured touches in space and quick-hitting routes with run-after-catch opportunities. After a few seasons in the league, Flowers could develop into an impactful and dynamic chain-mover for his offense.”
Flowers has the capability of running his routes at an effective pace and maintain his momentum through his turns. He also has the tendencies to track and catch deep balls while maintaining focus. Flowers has all of the tools that can make him successful at the next level and whoever lands him will be getting a stud at the position.
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