Surprisingly the Seahawks weren’t done after selecting Shaquem Griffin. Safety Tre Flowers is the newest member of the Seahawks.
Oklahoma State safety Tre Flowers was selected by the Seahawks in the fifth round, one of their 38 picks today. Okay, just eight, but it sure seems like more than that. Flowers wasn’t one of the top-rated safeties in this draft, but he certainly brings a particular set of skills to the game.
For one, he can tackle. Pro Football Focus didn’t even rank him, despite the fact they have him listed as the fourth most efficient tackler among all safeties last year. If you were wondering, he missed just five out of 777 attempts. Tackling tends to be important for safeties, so I think I might have ranked him somewhere. I have to think it was an oversight, or even a glitch, as nfl.com ranked him 15th.
At 6’3″ and 202 pounds, he’s a bit on the light side for a strong safety. I’m sure they have plenty of bacon and eggs at Virginia Mason, so I’m not too concerned about that. He lead Oklahoma State in tackles as a senior, and has 4.45 speed, which is nice.
Can Tre Flowers tackle or can’t he?
One thing I find rather odd. His profile on the NFL site seems to be a bit out of sync with his stats. Remember, Pro Football Focus listed him with 5 missed tackles. Derwin James, the first safety taken in the draft, missed eight for those of you scoring at home.
Yet the NFL site says, “His thin frame and inconsistencies as a tackler will concern some teams.” Thin frame, I get. Inconsistencies as a tackler? Yeah whiffed on five guys. Wow, is that ever terrible. Seems to me he can tackle. And that particular skill is highly valued indeed.
The only surprise to me his arm length. It’s only 33 7/8″. I am astounded that he would even be allowed onto CenturyLink Field with anything less than 34″ wings. Maybe Pete Carroll figures they can stretch him out a bit with all that bacon and eggs.