Zay Flowers: Ravens draft their franchise QB another weapon

Author: Tony CavalloPublished: 04/27/23
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Sudden, sleight and saucy, the Zay Flowers package. Projecting as a slot receiver in the NFL, Flowers can make magic happen in the open field. Had a stellar senior season that saw him gain over 1,000 yards through the air and score 12 touchdowns.

He's a ball of energy on the field and plays with the confidence of a young Leonidas. This will be your new favorite player, go buy his jersey right now.

Zay Flowers scouting report

  • Position: Wide receiver

  • School: Boston College (Sr)

  • Measurables: 5'9, 182 pounds

  • Combine notes: He ranks in the 84th percentile for the broad jump (127") and 82nd percentile for the 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds)

  • Where he wins: SUDDEN. SPEED.

  • Areas for improvement: Not the best route runner and drops more passes than he should.

Named first-team All-ACC in both 2020 and 2022. He also performed the Herculean task of making Boston College football watchable for four straight seasons. Should have given him the Heisman honestly.

Obligatory Zay Flowers Highlight Reel

3 facts you probably didn't know about Zay Flowers

  • He has thirteen siblings. Yes, that's a THIRTEEN. As in one more than a dozen. Can you imagine the size of that Thanksgiving dinner turkey?

  • He made Travis Kelce a believer.

  • Once again, look at this wonderful family that needs two full-size limousines to attend Zay Flowers' draft party.

How does Zay Flowers fit the Ravens?

He fits pretty well, considering they just signed QB Lamar Jackson to a historic NFL contract extension and he needs some weapons! They traded away WR Marquise Brown in the middle of last year's draft to the Cardinals, and to be honest, Flowers feels like a perfect complement to offset those losses. He's a great route runner, and he's explosive, but he's too small to be a true alpha WR1. Lining him up with Odell Beckham Jr. and maaaaaaybe DeAndre Hopkins (?) feels like the perfect way to unlock his diverse skillset.

Grade: B+

I love the pick, to be honest. I just don't really love how they got here. It feels like a lot of work to draft a small wide receiver that kind of reminds me of the guy they just traded away last year.

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