Arizona Wildcats football: LB Flowers drafted by Bengals in 6th round of NFL draft

2014-05-10T14:20:00Z 2014-05-10T14:42:26Z Arizona Wildcats football: LB Flowers drafted by Bengals in 6th round of NFL draftDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Marquis Flowers became the third Arizona player drafted this afternoon when the Cincinnati Bengals selected him in the sixth round of the NFL draft.

Flowers was the 212th overall pick and the 36th pick of the sixth round. 

Flowers, a native of Phoenix, visited the Bengals last month in the pre-draft process and knew of their interest heading into this weekend. Flowers was picked two rounds after running back Ka'Deem Carey and one round after cornerback Shaq Richardson.

The linebacker played in 50 games for Arizona over his four-year career and was the team's second-leading tackler last season with 93 stops. 

A four-star recruit out of Goodyear Millennium High School, Flowers spent the first two years of his career at safety and was moved to linebacker before the 2012 season when Rich Rodriguez took over. 

After not having any players taken in last year's draft, the UA has now produced three draft picks in the same class since 2012. Then, it was Nick Foles (third round), Juron Criner (fifth round) and Trevin Wade (seventh round). 

In Cincinnati, Flowers will be teammates with former ASU star Vontaze Burfict. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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