Zack Moss: Breaking Tackles with the Best of ’em


Utah running back Zack Moss made an appearance with our good friends at Stick to Football Podcast, and one of the main topics was his tackle-breaking ability. Moss looks every bit of 5-foot-10, 222 pounds. He sports a thick upper body and runs with a pitter-patter style that allows him to make sudden changes in direction. He is a “slow-to, fast-through” type of back, but it’s when contact is approaching that’s where he shines. Moss will lower his pad level and use his off-hand to break arm tackles, something he did 73 times last year.

Of the notable backs in this draft, he was second in broken tackle percentage behind LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Given how often he made people miss, I began to wonder where he ranks among running backs over the last few years. So thanks to SportsInfo Solutions, I looked up broken tackle percentage from (2016-2019), and these were the leaders.


Bills running back Devin Singletary is atop the list in broken tackle percentage and appears a couple of times with Moss. In limited touches in 2019, Singletary was also in the top-ten in broken tackle percentage, ranking fourth among backs with 100 attempts. It’ll be interesting to see if Moss’s ability to break tackles will translate at a high level in his rookie season. I believe it could.

For a more detailed look at his abilities, check out our full scouting report:

2020 NFL Draft | Utah RB Zack Moss: Elusive and Nasty