Nick Zakelj

Nick Zakelj

Measurements
  • Height
    6061
  • Hand
    9 7/8
  • VJ
    28.5
  • Weight
    316lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/2
  • Speed
    5.13
OT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6052
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    27 2/3
  • Weight
    313lbs
  • Arm
    34
  • Speed
    5.25
Peter Engler - Scout
Nick Zakelj
  • Overall Rank
    252
  • Position Rank
    30
  • Position
    OT
  • Age
    23.0 Years
  • Team
    FORDHAM

Stats

Year Starts Games Started Sacks Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2017 8 9 Not Avail. Not Avail. Not Avail. 7 starts at RT
2018 11 11 1 0 1 1.9%
2019 12 12 1 0 7 4.0%
2020 3 3 0 1 3 2.1%
2021 11 11 3 2 15 3.4%

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Adequate height and weight. Very tight shoulders with limited arm length and average hand size. Bulky, flabby frame with large butt and thick thighs. No reported injuries

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Team captain. Adequate toughness, flashes some real violence and never slow to contact. ...Limited instincts, frequently set on different levels in pass pro and struggles to mirror. Impatient. Average reaction speed to stunts. Limited effort and doesn't finish most blocks.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    4
  • Effort/Motor
    4
Grade 4.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Adequate COD and play strength, flashing physical ability to redirect. … Bow-legged, displaying limited foot speed and struggling to get north-south. Limited body control with poor bend.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    4
  • Flexibility/Bend
    3
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 4.7

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Very quick laterally at the snap. Quick hands with adequate punch power and timing. Adequate angles to the second level. Flashes ability to pull or trap due to lateral agility. In Pass, cuts off rusher in quick sets and prevents build-up with quick punch. … Average fits in Run, struggling to keep hips square. Too easily lets defenders stack by lifting pads and lacks UOH to clean chest or play strength to displace vertically. Doesn't display sufficient core strength and gets overextended and shaken off laterally. Slight hop in pass sets and gets beaten to the corner in vertical sets. Limited UOH, not showing counters to speed or power and surviving on initial punch. Limited anchor, lacking balance or footwork to reset feet and is driven back into QB.

  • Run Block
    4
  • Pass Block
    5
  • Strike/Punch
    6
  • Disposition
    6
  • Second Level Ability
    4
  • Pull/Trap Ability
    6
  • Footwork
    5
  • Anchor
    4
Grade 5.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Fifth-year Senior who has started 37 of 37 career games, including 11 of 11 in 2021 as a team captain. No-star recruit who started 8 games as a true freshman (7 at RT). Has started every game since, with honors including 2018 Second Team All-Patriot League, 2019 First Team All-Patriot League and Lansing Trophy (as team's top lineman), 2020 First Team All-Patriot League in abbreviated season, and 2021 First Team All-Patriot League. Under OC/QBs Coach Kevin Decker (third season) and OL Coach Alex Huettel (second season), player is LT in a pass-heavy offense that attacks all three levels with three-WR sets and uses primarily Gap runs. Developmental OT you can win despite in a slide-heavy scheme, likely based on bootlegs or quick game. Sizeable OT who wins quickly with lateral agility and punch speed. Candidate to move to OG due to immobility north-south. Has to answer serious questions about not dominating at lower level of competition. Hasn't shown body control to fully use his play strength.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Nebraska
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • In opener v D1 school , allowed no pressures
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Holy Cross
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • Repeatedly beaten in Pass Pro, allowing only multi-sack game of career
Best Trait
Lateral Agility
Pro Comparison
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