NFL Network's Cynthia Frelund predicts WR to Giants in first 2023 mock draft
The 2022 season is now completely in the rearview mirror.
With Super Bowl LVII done, the entire NFL is shifting into offseason mode. The Eagles are locked into the 30th overall pick and the Chiefs into No. 31, which means the first-round draft order is now officially set.
The combine is just 14 days away, which has led to many analysts from across the NFL landscape to release their latest projections for the first round of the draft.
In her first 2023 mock draft, NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund predicted an offensive playmaker to the Giants at No. 25 in the form of Boston College wide receiver Zay Flowers.
"Flowers lined up out wide on almost two-thirds of his snaps at BC, and while that may not be how he's used at the next level, he has the speed and route traits that Giants coach Brian Daboll could use on third down, specifically," Frelund wrote.
Flowers started 13 games as a freshman back in 2019 and registered 536 total yards from scrimmage with four touchdowns.
The 5-foot-10, 172-pound receiver really burst onto the scene as a sophomore when he caught 56 passes for 892 yards and nine touchdowns across 11 games. He earned his first All-ACC First-Team selection, becoming just the second wide receiver in Boston College history to achieve the accomplishment.
As a junior, Flowers reeled in 44 passes for 746 yards and five touchdowns, which led to him being named as an All-ACC Third-Team selection.
The young receiver saved his best for his senior campaign. Flowers set a new school record with 12 receiving touchdowns while tying the record for receptions in a season with 78 and finishing third on the school's all-time single-season list with 1,077 receiving yards. He was once again selected to the All-ACC First-Team in addition to being named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, an honor given to the nation's top receiver.
By the time Flowers finished his collegiate career, he was Boston College's all-time leader in receptions (200), receiving yards (3,056) and receiving touchdowns (29).
"Flowers is an undersized wideout with outstanding quickness, ball skills and production," writes NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. "He took the majority of his reps outside but he's also very productive in the slot. He is extremely quick in his release and at the top of his routes. He doesn't waste any steps or movement. He does everything full speed. He has a very good feel working in zones. He has strong hands to extend for the ball or reach back and pluck it off his back hip. He tracks the deep ball with ease. He is outstanding on jet sweeps because of his quickness and make-you-miss ability. Overall, Flowers' only flaw is his lack of size and bulk. He reminds me of T.Y. Hilton."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his updated rankings of the top 50 prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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