Bills add help in the backfield, draft RB Zack Moss 86th overall

04/24/2020
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With the 86th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected running back Zack Moss from Utah.

The former Ute was one of the most productive college running backs since he emerged as a true sophomore back in 2017. He ran for more than 1,000 yards and scored at least 10 touchdowns in each of the past three years, peaking in 2019 with 1,412 rushing yards and 15 TDs. Additionally, he was targeted 31 times in the passing game, catching 28 passes for 387 yards.

The 5’9″ and 223-pound isn’t the most athletically gifted runner in the draft, running a 4.65s 40-yard dash at the combine. His 33″ vertical jump and 4.37s 20-yard shuttle also were below average and that’s a major part of why he felt to Buffalo in the 3rd round.

Moss is sort of reminiscent of Devin Singletary. According Pro Football Focus, he broke 0.33 tackles per rush attempt through his collegiate career, the third highest rate among the RBs through that time period. He’s a bit bigger than “Motor” and can be elusive in a different way, looking more for contact than his new teammate’s cut-on-a-dime style.

However, just like Singletary, he excels in making people miss with his explosiveness but doesn’t have the extra gear to be considered a home run hitter. Both are dangerous weapons in the passing game and very complete all around backs with a lot of production at the collegiate level. They should form a nice 1-2 punch for years to come.

 

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