Zach Thomas

Zach Thomas

Measurements
  • Height
    6050
  • Hand
    10 1/4
  • VJ
    22.5
  • Weight
    308lbs
  • Arm
    33 7/8
  • Speed
    4.96
OT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6052
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    27 2/3
  • Weight
    313lbs
  • Arm
    34
  • Speed
    5.25
Jack M - Scout
Zach Thomas
  • Overall Rank
    173
  • Position Rank
    19
  • Position
    OT
  • Age
    24.1 Years
  • Team
    SAN DIEGO ST

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2018 2 3 0 1 3
2019 9 12 0 0 5
2020 8 8 2 2 13
2021 11 11 3 1 10

Build

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

Thomas has prototypical tackle size. He has some durability issues as he missed most of the 2019 season and a couple last season. He carries his weight evenly throughout making up a solid frame. Some growth potential to help fill out his frame and make him sturdier in pass protection.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    4
Grade 4.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Thomas plays with urgency but has average instincts. He is a high motor blocker that keeps his feet moving until the whistle. He will come off the ball fast to engage with, sometimes out of control, but the effort is adequate. Backside of zone and screens are where he shows his burst off the line in pursuit of getting a backside cutoff or climbing to second level defenders.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Thomas shows he has an explosiveness in him but sometimes the violence or aggression upon first contact is not there. His speed is adequate as he works in zone blocking or out in space. His body control is average altogether as he plays with solid pad level and leverage through his hips. Sometimes he lets his head get over his toes which can lead to him being quite susceptible to a push-pull from the defender. His change of direction is average due to his speed helping him make up for a lot of ground but the lateral movement on a dime could improve.

  • Explosiveness
    5
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    4
Grade 5.0

Technical

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

Thomas has some raw skills, especially in the run game. He shows good leverage and drive once in contact with the defender. He will need to work on consistently having better balance. His pass blocking is poor and needs improvement. He is a good enough athlete to get in position but the hand usage is also hindering his anchor and overall strength. He is average at the second level and in pulling. He has the speed and body control to get himself there quickly and be in position to displace the defender. More of a punch and aggression to that part of his game will help him even further.

  • Run Block
    5
  • Pass Block
    3
  • Strike/Punch
    3
  • Disposition
    5
  • Second Level Ability
    5
  • Pull/Trap Ability
    5
  • Footwork
    5
  • Anchor
    4
Grade 4.4

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?
2021 First Team All-Mountain West and 2020 Second Team All-Mountain West. Thomas has some skills that could translate well to the NFL. His run blocking is raw and shows promise, but his pass blocking needs more work. This might suggest a move to guard at the next level. He will fit best in a zone run scheme where his speed will be a great advantage. He initially projects to be a backup in the NFL.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Utah
  • Sep - 18 - 2021
  • Best pass blocking performance
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Boise St
  • Nov - 26 - 2021
  • Push-pulled a lot in run blocking
Best Trait
Run blocking- backside of zone
Pro Comparison
David Quessenberry