Former USF Football quarterback/GOAT Quinton Flowers signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2018 NFL Draft ended, according to our pal Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.
Quinton Flowers has landed a free-agent deal with the @Bengals, per his agent. @USFFootball— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) April 28, 2018
Flowers set or tied 42 school records while at USF, including becoming the the AAC’s all-time leader in total offense (11,802) which is also the USF record.
The Miami native has gone through more than many of us will go through in a lifetime after his father was shot and killed in a drive-by when he was a kid. Then his mother died of cancer while Flowers was in high school. Followed by his half-brother getting gunned down in his neighborhood while trying to protect some kids who were playing outside just days before his first collegiate start in 2014 agaisnt SMU. If that wasn’t enough, his grandmother died during the prep week prior to the East-West Shrine Game in January.
Flowers told TDS at the USF spring game that he “just wants a shot” and while he’d like to play quarterback. many teams see him as a running back or slot receiver. His 4.63 40-yard dash was the fastest of any quarterbacks at the NFL combine. While, he doesn’t have Marlon Mack or Rodney Adams speed, he seems to be “game fast”.
The Bengals also drafted Toledo QB Logan Woodside in the seventh round. It’s unclear what position Flowers will play for head coach Marvin Lewis.
Here’s NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein profile on Flowers:
Flowers simply doesn’t show the consistency or accuracy needed as a passer to play that position in the NFL. While college quarterbacks have made the transition to wide receiver in the NFL, Flowers’ fortunes are likely to be at running back thanks to his sturdy build and running talent. He has the foot quickness to elude tacklers, adequate speed and good finishing power. While that adjustment may take time, it’s his best shot at playing in the league.
Flowers is the best player in USF history and he’s very deserving of the chance.
.@wingoz said on ESPN that #USF QB/GOAT Quinton Flowers (@SpotTheBall_9) let them in his home to record his reaction to getting drafted. Unfortunately, he wasn’t selected. He’ll sign with a team as a UDFA and prove everyone wrong. Again.— Award Winner Nathan Bond (@BullsNathanSBN) April 28, 2018
Congratulations Quinton and good luck.