PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pitt State’s Dallis Flowers has earned his shot at the NFL – signing on Saturday as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts.
“It came down to best fit, between schemes and depth charts and stuff like that,” Flowers says on why he chose the Colts, “I feel like with the Colts, they run some zone and they run some press man so I feel like I can showcase my abilities very well in that system…with my height, my frame, my athleticism and my speed. I just think that’s the best fit for me.”
Flowers – like many others – expected to hear his name in the NFL Draft on Saturday.
He received calls from multiple teams as the final two rounds passed – including the Colts, Giants, Cardinals, Bears and Commanders.
In the end he chose Indianapolis when he went undrafted – a place where he feels he can fit in and make an impact quickly.
“The secondary isn’t finalized with spots, so I definitely have a chance to make the 53-man roster and be in the rotation in my rookie year,” Flowers says, “I play special teams as well, so that bring more to the table for me.”
“The route that I’ve taken this far, going to three NAIA schools and finishing at Division II Pitt State, it didn’t phase me,” he adds of going undrafted, “This has been my route the whole time. I’m an underdog. That’s what keeps me going. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder. Now I have an even bigger chip on my shoulder. I know I should have been drafted, easily. I’m a top player in the draft. I thought I showcased that at the East/West Shrine Bowl. God works in mysterious ways, so I’m just going to take this opportunity and run with it.”
The 6-2, 190 lb Flowers was a 1st team All-MIAA selection as a defensive back and a 2nd team All-MIAA selection as a kick returner last 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.
He finished his career with Pitt State after being a 2X NAIA All-American with the Grand View Vikings in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I’ve been training since January. I’m a different player since the season ended at Pitt State. I got a lot better,” Flowers says, “My feet are better and just small stuff…attention to detail and things like that. I’m a different player than last season. The Indianapolis Colts will see that.”
Now, the real work begins – as Flowers aims to earn his spot on the Colts roster and show what he can do at the highest level in football.
“I want to show them that I love the game of football. I want to show them that I’m an easy person to talk to and that I’m an easy learner and that I take criticism very well,” Flowers says of getting to camp, “I’m just ready to work and be with the guys.”
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