FAYETTEVILLE, AR (arkansasrazorbacks.com) - Arkansas defensive lineman Trey Flowers has been selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the 101st overall pick.
The Huntsville, Alabama native is the first draft selection for Arkansas in 2015 and is the 251st player in Razorback history to be selected in the NFL draft. Flowers becomes the 27th Arkansas defensive lineman to ever be selected and the seventh player in program history drafted by the Patriots.
Flowers is the fifth Razorback to be drafted under second-year head coach Bret Bielema. Bielema has had six defensive lineman drafted in his eight-year head coaching career, including two-time Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt.
A senior captain for the Razorbacks last season, Flowers was an essential cog in Arkansas' defense since he stepped on campus in 2011. Flowers appeared in 49 games, missing just one game in his entire Razorback career. Flowers finished with the second-most tackles for loss in program history with 47.5.
As a senior, Flowers was named to the Coaches All-SEC second team and earned AP All-SEC honorable mention after posting 68 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks on the year.
Flowers completed his Razorback career with 190 tackles, 47.5 tackles for loss and 18.0 sacks for a loss of 178 yards.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING:
"High-motor power end. Uses stab move effectively and is continuing to grow as a pass rusher. Consistent with hand placement and is technically sound. Stacks and sheds in run game. Had a strong game against Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi. Good student. Doesn't look like much athletically, but finds his way to the ball against the run." - NFL.com
"Flowers looks the part of an NFL defensive lineman with broad shoulders, long arms and good overall musculature. Average initial quickness for the position but generates good speed off the corner because of his long gait. Length and strength of his arms -- used effectively to discard blockers and lasso ball-carriers on the move ?- are his best traits." - CBSSports.com
"Outstanding football character. Team-first guy with great intangibles. Extremely well-liked and respected at school. Good student and handles his business off the field. Was named to Razorback Honor Roll in fall of 2011 and SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2012. No off-field issues. Comes from two-parent supportive home. Son of Robert and Jacqueline Flowers. Majoring in economics." - ESPN.com