Pitt State’s Flowers ready to take his shot at the NFL

Dallis Flowers will declare for the NFL Draft after one season with the Gorillas.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pitt State’s Dallis Flowers is ready to take his shot at the NFL.

“It has always been a dream for me,” Flowers says, “Right now is go time. You only get one chance at it, so I’ve been focused.”

Flowers announced on Saturday that he will declare for the NFL Draft after one season with the Gorillas.

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“I have multiple scouts saying they like my athleticism, my size and my speed,” Flowers says, “I can do multiple things and play multiple positions.”

The senior corner is listed at 6-2, 190 pounds for Pitt State.

He finished his career with the Gorillas after being a 2X NAIA All-American with the Grand View Vikings in Des Moines, Iowa.

Without COVID-19, he would have never had the chance to hit the field for the Gorillas – an opportunity that turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the talented corner.

“Before I came to Pitt State, I was getting some talk from NFL teams about having a chance in the league, but then COVID gave us an extra year. They told me to take the extra year, increase your stock and then you will definitely have a shot,” Flowers says, “I would have came out in the 2021 Draft…they said with the extra year to go keep showing what I can do, graduate and go up a level and show your skill set, and that could help you a lot. I came to Pitt State, and they like what I’ve done on a bigger stage, against bigger, better and faster receivers. I showed that I was dominant on that level, so it worked out for me.”

Flowers was one of the biggest playmakers on the Pitt State roster this fall.

He finished with 21 tackles and a team-high 4 interceptions. He also had two kick return touchdowns for the Gorillas and averaged 33.7 yards per kickoff return – setting a new Pitt State record and breaking the previous record held by former PSU All-American John Brown.

For his performance on both defense and special teams, he earned 1st team All-MIAA recognition as a defensive back and 2nd team All-MIAA as a kick returner.

“I believe that I got more mature throughout the game. I learned different calls, different techniques and different schemes,” Flowers says of where he improved as a player this fall, “Playing in front of a crowd like that really prepared me for the next level. 10,000 isn’t like an NFL fan-base, but a lot of colleges don’t even have 10,000 unless you’re like a power-five school. Taking this step here to Pitt State was important and very beneficial.”

The Chicago product will have at least one more chance to show what he can do on the field before April’s NFL Draft.

Flowers recently accepted an invitation to play in the East/West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas in February. The NFL Draft will be held in Vegas a few months later in late April.

“I want show that I’m capable of playing with the top guys in the country, those power-five wide receivers,” Flowers says of what he wants to show in the Shrine Bowl, “I just want to show them that I belong in the top level.”

Until then, Flowers says he will continue to work every day – and enjoy the process of trying to make it to the highest level of football.

“Number one, I want to enjoy it and have fun with it. I only have one shot at it,” Flowers says, “I’m just keeping my head down and not letting the outsiders creep into my head. I’m just staying focused on perfecting my craft. If I give it my all, then I should be in a good place.”