Virginia Tech junior CB Brandon Flowers has declared for the draft, after apparently receiving a second-round grade from the advisory committee. The 5-10, 190-pound cornerback also received an endorsement from defensive coordinator Bud Foster, which likely helped sway his decision.
An all ACC second-team performer, Flowers has above-average ball skills, as evidenced in part by his eight interceptions and 26 pass breakups over the last two seasons. Perhaps a better fit at the next level as a cover-2 cornerback, Flowers is strong at the line of scrimmage and a ferocious hitter, but is stiff in the hips and may struggle turning with NFL-caliber receivers.
His defensive backfield mate, Victor “Macho” Harris, will also enter the draft after he reportedly received a third-round grade from the committee. Harris earned all ACC first-team honors this season, leading the team with five interceptions and 11 pass breakups, but is a case in which statistics mask his deficiencies. Harris possesses poor ball skills and downfield speed, and will defer to teammates in run defense. Contrary to his support for Flowers to enter the draft, Foster is on record suggesting Harris return to school – advice to which he did not adhere.