Must See QB: Quinton Flowers

If you’re a college football fan who enjoyed following the illustrious and highlight filled careers of a Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel, and Lamar Jackson… let me introduce you to a little known South Florida Quarterback named Quinton Flowers. He’s the kind of player that makes every game a must watch, and every play potentially memorable. The 2017 season has just kicked off and the Bulls are ranked 21st in the country, with Flowers already having led them to two wins. The USF superstar packs weekly highlights into his small 6’0 frame and could lead his team to an AAC championship in his senior season; watching his draft stock boom along the way.

Coming out of Miami Jackson high school (Miami, FL) as a 3-star athlete, Flowers received offers from Nebraska and Tennessee, but chose the smaller South Florida. He played very little as a true freshman, putting up a modest: 111 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions while completing only 40 percent of his attempts. In his true sophomore season, Flowers stepped up his game big time. Not only did he become the full-time starter, Flowers accounted for over 3,100 yards and 34 touchdowns as he led USF to an 8 win season.

In his junior season, he took his game to the next level – throwing for 2,800 yards and 24 touchdowns, while rushing for another 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. In addition to his eye popping stats, Flowers was named as AAC offensive player of the year. As much as I love to talk about Flowers as a USF Bull, it’s time to talk about his future in the NFL.

Strengths:
Mobility: It’s the first thing and the last thing you see when watching him, Flowers is a freak athlete. Skip past the thought that “he’s a great athlete for a quarterback”, this kid is a fantastic athlete – period. We’ll discuss later why he may not have a future in the NFL as a quarterback, but wherever he ends up lining up on Sundays, he will be elite athleticism-wise. If Flowers ends up entering the draft as a quarterback, he’ll be right there with Lamar Jackson as the most athletic QBs at the combine. In the highlights below, you’ll see Flowers’s straight line speed, quickness, and agility in full force.

Decision Making: Flowers runs USF’s run heavy, off brand “triple option” offense beautifully. This “triple option” comes first with an option to hand the ball off to the running back. If Flowers decides to call his own number, he can throw a screen to the near side receiver or can run the ball off tackle. Here’s an example for all you visual learners:

Perhaps the downside to Flowers elite athletic ability, is the fact that he looks to run way too early and too often. As he progresses during his senior season I’d like to see him hold the ball a little longer and look for his receivers downfield, versus scrambling at the first sign of pressure.

Footwork: Imagine trying to grade a paper after only reading the introduction. Sure, you can identify the really bad ones, but separating the A’s from the B’s would be challenging when you can only read the intro. This is how I felt assessing Flowers footwork. Flowers is exceptional navigating a clean pocket… but how is his footwork in a collapsing pocket? He scrambles at the whiff of pressure. USF’s offense doesn’t do him any favors as it’s not comparable to the majority of pro schemes we see in the NFL. Honestly, with Flowers almost never having to throw under pressure, I can’t say it bodes well for his future as a professional QB.

Weaknesses:
Mechanics: The fact that Flowers stands at 6’0, and his lack of pocket presence, are two reasons I think he may be best suited as an “athlete” in the NFL. Plain and simple, I question whether his slow and occasionally “whacky” release will hold up in the National Football League. We’ve seen mobile quarterbacks succeed in the NFL, but even the Russell Wilson’s and Cam Newton’s of the world rely on their arms much more than their legs. I’m just not sure Flowers has an arm like theirs. So to put it simply, he just might not have the mechanics necessary to be an NFL quarterback.

Size: Russell Wilson and Drew Brees are the two current success stories for QB’s 6’0 or under. Drew Brees has a golden arm and unbelievable accuracy that rivals the NFL’s greats. Russell Wilson has the decision making, mobility, and “it” factor that no other QB in the league has. Flowers may be a good decision maker, but he’s running an offense that no NFL teams run. He’s a fine college passer, but he has nowhere near the accuracy that Brees displays. If he is to become an NFL success, he’ll have to blaze his own trail.

Summary:

Quinton Flowers is among the most electrifying players in all of college football; he’s an incredible athlete that runs the USF run game perfectly. Flowers could easily repeat as AAC offensive player of the year. Unfortunately, his pro future doesn’t look quite as pretty as his college resume. Combine the real concerns with his mechanics and frame – I’m not so sure his future in the NFL is at quarterback. As for NFL draft purposes, I have Flowers as a 7th round prospect as a Quarterback, who could potentially go higher as an athlete. For dynasty purposes, Flowers isn’t worth much more than a late round flier, but could potentially become a legit contributor in an NFL offense much like Denard Robinson was for Jacksonville in 2014.

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bylitalo

Bradley Ylitalo, Minneapolis MN. Bethel Football Student Coach. Scouting/Devy writer for the Dynasty Football Factory. Follow me on twitter @NFL_drafthub or find me on facebook: Bradley Ylitalo

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