Russell: Would 'not be shocked' if Redskins look at Ereck Flowers

Chris Lingebach
October 08, 2018 - 5:41 pm

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The Redskins are banged up along the offensive line and could use some reinforcements.

But would they be willing to take a flyer on a young tackle widely regarded as a first-round bust?

106.7 The Fan contributor Chris Russell says he would "not be shocked" to see the Redskins take a look at Ereck Flowers, whom the Giants are expected to release if they cannot find a trade partner by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

It's obviously a huge leap between the Redskins being interested in Flowers the prospect in 2015, the same year they selected guard Brandon Scherff fifth overall, and having interest in Flowers the finished product now. Especially when that finished product doesn't measure up to the hope he garnered as a prospect. But there is a case to be made for investing in a reclamation project at an affordable rate.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Flowers has all the measurables of an NFL offensive lineman, but has never been able to live up to his billing as the ninth overall pick in 2015.

Flowers started the first two games at right tackle this season, but was eventually displaced for backup Chad Wheeler in Week 3, thanks in part to the Giants signing veteran tackle Nate Solder in the offseason to play left tackle. Flowers started 46 games at left tackle over his first three NFL seasons for the Giants.

The 1-4 Giants have floundered out of the gate under new head coach Pat Shurmur.

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