Zach VanValkenburg

Zach VanValkenburg

Measurements
  • Height
    6040
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    31.5
  • Weight
    267lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.88
ED Combine Averages
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.25
  • Weight
    265lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    4.8
Jamie Kelly - Scout
Zach VanValkenburg
  • Overall Rank
    323
  • Position Rank
    38
  • Position
    ED
  • Age
    24.4 Years
  • Team
    IOWA

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2019 12 3 0 2.4% 0
2020 8 16 4 8.6% 6
2021 14 46 14 10.5% 6

Build

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

Average height and weight. Average frame and build, adequate bulk in the upper body. Limited arm length with below average size and average definition in the arms. Broad, long torso. Light, thin legs lacking in definition. Limited overall lower body thickness.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 5.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Average snap timing and anticipation, rarely the first off the line. Average instincts and run/pass diagnosis. Average toughness through contact and average motor/effort, decent effort but lacks true relentlessness and aggression to consistently win/ clean-up plays.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Limited overall AA, with average COD and limited speed. Poor explosiveness, body control and flexibility, does not have the athletic capability to get around the edge and close on the QB at the NFL level. Average play strength and anchor at the POA, has the size and initial effort to battle vs. the Run but lacks balance and ultimate strength to hold a gap down consistently.

  • Explosiveness
    3
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    3
  • Flexibility/Bend
    3
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 3.8

Technical

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

Poor get-off vs. Pass. Limited pass rush moves: will usually go for a single-arm or dual-arm bull rush, or a limited long-arm to create pass rush but both lack game-breaking ability. Average UOH in the pass rush, has average hand power and speed, will use a decent swipe manoeuvre when directly faced up vs. OTs to separate laterally, a tactic he uses on edge contain or when his initial edge rush fails to get to the outside of the OT. Limited rush angles and closing speed. Average overall run defender and average at the POA vs. Zone and Gap, limited balance is his biggest issue. Average heavy hands. Average UOH vs. the Run to disengage, has active hands to make sustaining blocks difficult for OL and can escape laterally. Average play temperament, does OK job of reading broken plays, scrambling QBs, draws or screens, can make the occasionally play in the flat if limited AA isn’t stretched too far.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    3
  • Pass Rush
    4
  • Heavy Handedness
    5
  • Point of Attack
    5
  • Disengage
    5
  • Closing Speed
    4
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    3
  • Play Temperament
    5
Grade 4.3

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?
Zach VanValkenburg is a Graduate Senior Transfer at Iowa who has featured in 34 career games. Started career at D2 Hillsdale College (Michigan), where he redshirted in 2016 before becoming a starter in 2017. Broke out in 2018 with 8.5 sacks, and eventually transferred to D1 at Iowa. Sparsely used in 2019. Had a solid redshirt senior season in 2020, recording 4 TFLs and 6 sacks (per PFF) with another decent year of production in 2021. Named Second team All-Big Ten in both his final two years. Zach VanValkenburg likely lacks the dynamic pass-rush ability to be starter at the NFL level. He projects best as a reserve base 43 defensive end that’s used exclusively on traditional run downs.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Michigan BIG 10 Champ
  • Dec - 04 - 2021
  • Couple of tackles in space, 1 TFL
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Penn State
  • Oct - 09 - 2021
  • Generated very little disruption, 0 sacks
Best Trait
Disengage/ Stack & Shed
Pro Comparison
Less Athletic Tyquan Lewis