Quinton Flowers willing to switch positions but wants shot to play QB

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South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers will participate in running back and punt return drills. But he wants a chance to be an NFL quarterback.

“I just want a shot first — at quarterback,” Flowers said.

Flowers finished with 42 school records, leading USF to a 21-4 record over his final two seasons. But Flowers measured only 5-10 3/8, considered too short for an NFL quarterback. He heard the same thing in high school.

“It’s always been about heart,” said Flowers, who weighed 214 and ran a 4.63 in the 40. “It’s never about the size. It’s never about how much you weigh. It’s about how much heart you have. I’ve been doubted all my life. I’ve been going through things all my life. I played every position in high school. I’m just a guy who wants to win. I’m destined to win. I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”

Flowers said he is open to changing positions at the next level, a question he is hearing from scouts.

“I’d say it’s kind of a 50-50 thing. Some teams talk about quarterback. Some teams talk about running back,” Flowers said. “At the end of the day, I just want to fulfill my dream and be able to give back once I make it.”

14 responses to “Quinton Flowers willing to switch positions but wants shot to play QB

  1. In contrast to Nick Chubb, this is the kind of kid I like. He wants his shot to prove he can be great, instead of calling out that he is the best at the combine. And unlike Tebow is willing to consider his chances at other positions to get his NFL dream. I don’t agree that his height is an automatic black mark (5/8″ shorter than Russell Wilson, who seems to be doing just fine) but if he is willing to compete, but then take a chance like so many others have successfully done to say “I am an athlete” versus “I am a QB” I wish him all the luck in the world.

  2. Just another gimmick. If he were a REAL QB in college, he wouldn’t be asked to switch to his real position – he’d be hired for it.

  3. He was a very good college QB, he doesn’t have the arm or accuracy to make it in the NFL. Same goes for JT Barrett. They looked bad throwing against air today.

  4. I’m a USF fan who loves this kid, but there’s no way his skill set translates to the NFL game.

    At any position.

    It sucks. There should be another football league for guys like this.

  5. His highlight reel is impressive, and it makes me think that a coach is going to take a chance on him. When the ball is in his hands he makes defenders look silly. Apparently he is a high character guy who overcame a lot of adversity.

  6. There a few QBs starting in the NFL who people didn’t think much of. Even more that they thought too much of who are no longer in. The talent will show when paired with other talent.

  7. Blaine Gabbert ran a 4.59 40 at the Combine at 6-5, 235 pounds. Flowers is the fastest of this year’s crop and he ran 4.63. At 5-10, 214. Sad group of athletes at the position.

  8. thegreatgabbert says:
    March 3, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    Blaine Gabbert ran a 4.59 40 at the Combine at 6-5, 235 pounds. Flowers is the fastest of this year’s crop and he ran 4.63. At 5-10, 214. Sad group of athletes at the position.

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    Ever hear of some guy named Lamar Jackson?

  9. Flowers had to know a few years ago that his measurables will not transfer, as a QB, to the NFL level. Despite knowing this he stayed at QB.
    Braxton Miller has done well at WR for the Houston Texans but he’s an exception.
    JT Barrett is NOT an NFL level QB, maybe CFL but even that is a reach. This is coming from a die hard Buckeye fan.

  10. reddzen says:
    March 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm
    In contrast to Nick Chubb, this is the kind of kid I like. He wants his shot to prove he can be great, instead of calling out that he is the best at the combine.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That was Bradley Chubb, not Nick Chubb. But nice try.

  11. @Brandon in Northwest Suburbia – Since Jackson chose not to do the athletic drills we have no idea of how he would have fared, but as it stands, Gabbert would have been first in every drill except on this year, and he would have finished second in that. He was also bigger than any of this year’s participants except Josh Allen who is about the same size, In 2011, Gabbert was just one of a crowd in terms of testing numbers, and half the others (Newton, Kaepernick, Locker, Ponder, etc.) were his size or bigger. Willing to bet no one this year comes close to Blaine’s 42 Wonderlic score either.

  12. Doug Flutie was only 5 foot 9 inches and he was a good QB in the NFL but because of the stupidity of NFL scouts on this issue of height limits, he spent his prime years up in Canada playing CFL football before the NFL wised up and realized a QB who excelled in College and CFL could play in the NFL. I hope Flowers proves his doubters wrong!

  13. The kid has huge hands. He has the physical size to be a slot receiver. That tough physical guy to take the quick inside pass and fight for more yardage. Kinda like Brady used Welker and Edelman. And they’re not speedsters. Just good hands and physical.

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