Chargers 2023 NFL draft target: Boston College WR Zay Flowers
Over the next couple of months, we are going to be taking a look at a handful of draft prospects leading up to the 2023 NFL draft.
With the Chargers having needs at various positions, we will do our best to evaluate the players that we feel fit the team precisely.
Here is a report on a potential target, Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers.
Weight: 172 pounds
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Career: Earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2022. Set Boston College single-season record for receiving touchdowns with 12 scores. Played in 47 games for the Eagles, recording 200 catches, 3,056 receiving yards, and 29 touchdowns.
Strengths: Frequently schemed the ball because of his run-after-catch ability. Led the ACC with 503 yards after catch. Speed release has some sudden kick to it. Accelerates to high gear quickly and makes defenders strain. Overachieves in the quick passing game with short-area separation. Punishes ankle tacklers with twitchy open-field movement. Knows where to take the ball before the defense converges. Has brought down some tough contested catches against bigger opponents. Extra dangerous on routes stemming from pre-snap motion.
Weaknesses: Size profiles as a slot-only option. Possesses the ability to stretch the field but big plays through the air was not the main feature of his game. Needs significant extension to reel in off-target throws. Frequently catches throws with his body.
Final Word: Zay Flowers will not be a favorite for every team, but he can be lightning in a bottle with the ball in his hands. His size might restrict him to the slot full-time, but Flowers can excel there with his athleticism and judgment of the field. The more space Flowers has to work with, the better the results.
Fit Likelihood: High
Zay Flowers reminds me of Antonio Brownpic.twitter.com/8MfQxoDH9z
— Travis May (@FF_TravisM) November 14, 2022
WR Zay Flowers tends to get overlooked on a 3-win team, but he finished his BC career strong on Saturday, setting the school’s TD catch record (29).
Really like his route acceleration/pacing to leverage coverage (like this out-n-up) plus the tracking to finish. Zay is an NFL WR. pic.twitter.com/LgeNntCXSQ
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 29, 2022
DOUBLE COVERAGE. DON’T MATTER 😤
Zay Flowers oh my
(via @BCFootball) pic.twitter.com/07wacfpZhZ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2022
Come for Zion Johnson's elite pass pro rep, stay for Zay Flowers collecting a litany of ankles. pic.twitter.com/vXY4WLv6R4
— Mitch Wolfe (@MitchellTWolfe) March 20, 2022