Zach Tom NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting

NFL Prospect Profile: Zach Tom, OL, Wake Forest

Name: Zach Tom

School: Wake Forest

Year: rSr

Position: Offensive Tackle

Measurables: 6’4’, 304 lbs.

General Info:

Tom is originally from Prairieville, Louisiana, and was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, where he also participated in the shot put.
The tackle redshirted his true freshman year in 2017, before playing in 12 games as a redshirt freshman the following year.
Tom started all 13 games for Wake Forest in 2019 as a center, before moving to left tackle from the 2020 season.
In 2021, Tom was named a second team All-American, earned First Team All-ACC honors and was also named the Jim Tatum Award winner, which is given to the top senior student-athlete in the ACC.

Positional Skills:

Strengths
From a physical standpoint, there are many features which make Tom an attractive prospect. He tested extremely well and posted a 9.59 Relative Athletic Score (RAS) out of 10, including ‘elite’ scores for speed, explosion and agility.
Tom plays with good knee bend and his stature, a little undersized at 6’4’, allows him to play with natural leverage.
In pass protection, Tom’s athleticism really shines. If a rusher wants to get into a footwork contest with him, they won’t like the result. Tom can redirect with ease and is able to gear up and down to keep pace with his opponent.
Tom copes well with speed rushers and doesn’t allow them to get the edge. His athleticism also gives him the ability to recover when he does get beat initially.
You’d expect Tom to give up more ground than he does against power rushers. His anchor is good and he is able to dig his heels in when necessary. Tom also showed some strength in his hands once engaged with an opponent.
Tom’s pass sets are solid and he is not guilty of oversetting, trusting his athleticism to get the job done if a rusher tries to take him on outside.
In the run game, Tom’s physical makeup allows him to easily get to the second level as well as execute pulling assignments. He is effective on combo blocks and is also able to wall off defenders to open alleys for his running back.
Tom’s intelligence as an academic standout will stand him in good stead entering the NFL, as will his versatility, having played at both tackle and center.

Weaknesses
Despite Tom’s athletic strengths, he could also be deemed a poor size for the tackle position in terms of both height and weight.
A knock on Tom is that he doesn’t really control his opponent with his hands. He can be late to get his hands involved in the rep or sometimes just uses one arm.
More skilled or physical rushers which the NFL will present could take advantage of that, and in general, the worry with Tom will be that more bruising rushers could bully him.
He is also not a people-mover in the run game, which could be an issue in situations when a power run is required or in short yardage situations.

Fit with the Packers:
The Packers need to address the offensive tackle position in the 2022 NFL Draft, and Tom could be what they’re looking for.
You would expect Tom to pick up the NFL playbook quickly and he could compete to be Green Bay’s starting right tackle entering his rookie season.
Tom has the athleticism the Packers covet, as well as the versatility to kick inside if necessary.
He has a lot of the traits you can’t coach and his athleticism is a real plus. Tom just feels like a Packer, and the team may well target him early on day three or even on day two of the Draft.
 

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Mark Oldacres is a sports writer from Birmingham, England and a Green Bay Packers fan. You can follow him on twitter at @Marko7LW

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Comments (8)

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MainePackFan's picture

April 27, 2022 at 07:24 pm

Holy crap, can you imagine being 6'4" weighing 304 lbs. and your draft profile is that you are too small :)

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MooPack's picture

April 27, 2022 at 09:38 pm

Maybe he was standing next to Daniel Faalele at the time. 6'8" 384 lbs

I like Zach Tom for G/C more than T, but versatility is what Packers go for. Does need about 10 lbs, but all rookies need more weight/strength. He has the athleticism I think the Packers would go for as well.

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MooPack's picture

April 27, 2022 at 09:39 pm

Dup. stupid lag.

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albert999's picture

April 27, 2022 at 07:43 pm

I’m sorry
Nags please let me know how the Packers advertise this pre-draft party which is great and have millions of dollars have the most pathetic production,quality, and simply embarrasing internet show I’ve seen since Barnum and Bailey
Love the effort……pathetic production.
I’ve been in the production industry for 30 years….this now in 2022 is a fucking joke

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2022 at 11:41 pm

I think Zach Tom is a great prospect, but I don't see him in the second round.

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Turophile's picture

April 28, 2022 at 02:19 am

OT Zach Tom is the new Jelani Woods (TE) - because he seems to be on everyone's draft list.

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gsd3's picture

April 28, 2022 at 03:26 am

Zero sacks or pressures head to head vs Jermaine Johnson. Graded out as the best pass blocker in the draft class. Gotta love the versatility. If you look at various simulator boards, he started out in the 200's and is now in the 50-70 range on some. Would not hesitate to take him at 92.

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greengold's picture

April 28, 2022 at 04:30 am

Exactly. The resume is huge. Almost all of them need sand in the pants. Bakhtiari did. Yet, he came in as a rookie and surprised.

“Skinny arms,” and all. — From his draft profile.

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