The NFL Draft kicks off with its opening spherical on April 27 in Kansas Metropolis, so Rivals is having a look again at its projected first-round picks once they have been highschool prospects. We transfer on to our projected No. 21 – Boston School receiver Zay Flowers, who was a three-star prospect within the 2019 class.
The place they have been ranked: The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) College Faculty receiver was a mid-level three-star who was not included within the Florida state rankings and was No. 86 within the place rankings for the 2019 class.
Recruitment: Some colleges preferred Flowers as a large receiver and due to his athletic capability, others most well-liked him as a defensive again in order that was nonetheless up within the air all through his recruitment. Boston School landed his pledge in December following his senior season with Nebraska, Kansas State, South Carolina, NC State and others concerned.
Greatest query: He’s not huge. Flowers measured at 5-foot-9 and 182 kilos on the NFL Mix and whereas that’s not a deal breaker in any respect, it’s one thing to contemplate.
Reminiscences: The Fort Lauderdale College Faculty trio of RB Kenny McIntosh, CB Josh Sanguinetti and two-way standout Flowers talked about being a package deal deal however as is the case with lots of these plans, it didn’t come to fruition.
McIntosh signed with Georgia, Sanguinetti to Indiana and Flowers, who stated a proposal from Miami could be a dream, went to Boston School, one of many early packages recruiting him the toughest. The Hurricanes acquired none of these gamers from down the highway and Flowers, most likely the lightest recruited of the three, may find yourself as the one first-rounder.
Trying again, Flowers ought to have been ranked increased – and never simply because he’s going to be taken early within the draft. He was an impressive playmaker in highschool, tremendous quick, nice stability and he had an actual aggressive nature to his sport as a result of he needed to show it towards elite competitors at his dimension.
That carried over to Boston School the place he completed his profession with greater than 3,000 receiving yards and 29 receiving scores. I can perceive why a mid-level three-star rating was given since he was about 5-foot-10 and 160 kilos in highschool. Measurement remains to be a priority within the NFL however with that playmaking capability and the way dynamic he’s in house, I want we may return and revisit that one.
Colorado commit Winston Watkins jogs my memory numerous Flowers and the 2025 receiver has five-star potential written throughout him.