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Zack Moss NFL draft profile and fantasy projection

Utah’s Zach Moss has had trouble with injuries in college, but has shown good ability as an all-around back who could immediately make a difference for whoever drafts him.

Running back Zack Moss of Utah runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

There’s a good chance Utah’s Zack Moss would have been in the NFL last season if it weren’t for injuries. Moss has been kept out of games with a toe injury, torn meniscus while getting into bed (!), and sprained shoulder joint. He did play all of the 2017 season and most of 2019 and these injuries aren’t game changers as far as long-term health, but they are a red flag to many evaluators, especially considering his bruising style of play.

In 2019, Moss had 235 carries, 1,416 yards, 6.0 ypc, and 15 touchdowns, while adding 28 receptions, 388 yards, and two more touchdowns through the air — solidifying himself as a top draft prospect after his meniscus surgery.

Scouting Report

Moss is a bruiser, but unlike your average bruiser, he has the vision and footwork to find space in small areas and gain extra yards at all costs. His injury history is concerning, but his maladies aren’t ones we need to be concerned about longterm. Will he be injury prone in the NFL? We don’t have an answer to that question. Injuries happen and sometimes they cluster on a player but that player ends up getting out from under that injury prone tag. Frank Gore was considered injury prone at one time.

If Moss were a burner, he’d likely go in the first round, but his speed just isn’t going to be a problem for NFL defense. But, his lack of speed is what has helped him develop his vision, elusiveness and balance. He’s not exactly slow either and has enough speed to be an NFL starter. He’s not going to go 80 yards untouched, but how many backs do?

Moss is also a competent receiver and has shown to be a useful pass blocker when asked. He’s not Saquon Barkley or even Jonathan Taylor, but he has upside and is solid all around. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be an above average player with starter ability.

Zack Moss is a Day 2 candidate with a profile that will lead to immediate, consistent production in the NFL — if he remains healthy. Moss has an elite trait in regards to his contact balance, and near-elite change of direction abilities and power. Accordingly, Moss is one of the best tackle-breakers in the class, and is an extremely reliable back in short-yardage and goal line situations. He has a very high floor. With a great pass-catching profile for a big back, Moss is also a quality space player on screens and swings, and is a nightmare for defensive backs to handle if he’s able to get into the second level. — Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network

Mock Draft Results

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Not in 1st round
Daniel Jeremiah, Not in 1st round
Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Not in 1st/2nd round
Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire: Dolphins, 1st round

Fantasy impact: Rookie year

As usual, especially for running backs, landing spot is key. We really don’t have a good idea of who Moss will go to other than pencilling him to some running back needy teams, but his skill set should have him on the field quickly if he’s not stuck behind a veteran starter and his short-yardage ability could get him a role around the goal line sooner than later.

Fantasy impact: Career

Moss in the right spot could be a good fantasy running back for a nice stretch of time, as he doesn’t need pure speed to win matchups, but instead can win with good decision making, balance, and elusiveness. You likely won’t get huge fantasy seasons out of him, but in the right spot, he should be consistent and has enough receiving and blocking ability to stay on the field on third-downs.