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Experts grade Giants draft pick OL Ereck Flowers

Read rapid reactions on the Giants' first-round selection of offensive lineman Ereck Flowers out of the University of Miami.

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"Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wants to get the ball out of Eli Manning's hand quickly. Drafting Flowers assists the Giants in their running game as he can play right tackle and they can move Justin Pugh inside to guard."

"With some technique work, Flowers could be a complete tackle, but NFL teams don't take linemen in the top 10 to let them develop."

"B+ The Giants needed help up front. This is a kid scouts loved. He is tough and physical. I think he plays right tackle and moves Justin Pugh inside."

"What he brings: He has outstanding size and length for the position to go with very good power along with good quickness for his size. He has some work to do on his hand placement and technique, but overall he's an effective blocker with excellent toughness and intangibles. He's most likely a right tackle in the NFL but could develop into a left.

"How he fits: Second-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system requires a quality run/pass balance. Flowers is one of the better inline blocking tackles in this class and immediately upgrades the New York's size and power on the front line. Flowers will potentially start his career inside at guard before making the transition outside as either a right or left tackle."

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**I like the pick. In spite of the high picks of Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg the past two years, the Giants still need to build the offensive line. In Flowers, they get a huge (6-foot-6, 330-pound) offensive lineman who can start right away at guard or right tackle and help upgrade the run-blocking, which was one of their offseason priorities. But the Giants also believe that the 21-year-old Flowers has a high enough ceiling that he can eventually be a top left tackle. That makes it worth spending a top-10 pick on the guy."

"At 6-6, 329 pounds, Flowers is a huge, powerful man, if still a bit raw at age 20. But this mauler should immediately improve New York's substandard ground attack, ranked 23rd in 2014."

"Great pick for the Giants. Young prospect. Overpowering blocker. Tone setter. Great football character and best football should be ahead."

Photos of Miami OL Ereck Flowers

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