Grading the 2015 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Position: The Flanker (Z)
My personal philosophy on the Flanker position is that this is a player that has to have the game-breaking ability. The Flanker must be able to win with speed, quickness and power off the snap. Being off the line of scrimmage allows him the freedom to be placed in motion and it also keeps him from getting jammed at the line. Guys that are dynamic enough to play the position, tend to operate extremely well off the ball. Teams will tend to rotate coverage toward the Flanker’s side of the field. In my opinion, you want your most explosive receiver playing this role because they get the benefit of getting out of the blocks quicker without resistance; which then allows them to put pressure on the defense. And because of that type of ability, they’re a threat no matter if it’s a quick screen or a deep pass down the field.
Here’s my list of the Top 11 Flankers in the 2015 NFL Draft