After months of waiting, the pick is finally in. With the 9th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Giants have selected tackle Ereck Flowers out of the University of Miami.
New York had a wrench thrown in their plans early, with Amari Cooper and Brandon Schreff going 4 and 5 to the Raiders and Redskins, respectively. Both were high on New York’s draft board.
Despite this, Ereck Flowers is not a disappointing pick. It was a bit of a reach, but he has an incredibly high ceiling so that may have been the Giants reasoning with this selection.
For now though, the 6’7, 329 tank of a man is a work in progress. He should start at tackle, sliding Justin Pugh into the guard spot for the time being.
Flowers moves well and is incredibly strong, but his technique is sloppy and requires work. He also is a run blocker first, but that could be beneficial for the Giants who are coming off a season in which they ranked 31st in total rushing.
He should be a day one started though, for a lack of a better option currently on the team.