Assuming the medicals check out, Utah running back Zack Moss could end up being a steal in the 2020 NFL Draft. Highly productive in his three seasons as the workhorse for the Utes, Moss has all the traits needed to be a viable No. 1 option in the NFL. However, there are questions about the overall health of his knee. That and how teams view him as a receiver will likely determine where he ultimately lands in this draft.
Zack Moss Draft Profile
When healthy, Moss is one of the most impressive prospects in this draft class. He combines good size with twitch and straight-line speed. At his heart, he’s a power back, capable of breaking tackles and willing to lower his shoulder and finish a run the right way. He also showed some nifty creativity at the second level. He shows the vision to spot cutback lanes and the lateral movement skills to take advantage of them. He runs with excellent balance and shows the ability to get small and low, shooting through tight spaces for yardage.
The knee is the biggest concern after a reported torn meniscus cost him the end of the 2018 season. Medicals during the pre-draft process will be key. The other big question is what kind of impact he’ll have in the passing game.
His early-down skill set suggests he should be a solid lead back, and Moss’s overall athleticism suggests he should continue to grow in the passing game under the right coaching staff. That will decide whether he’s a lead back or a committee guy.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th round