Zack Moss Scouting Report
Height: 5' 10''
Weight: 222 lbs
Introduction: Zack Moss was originally committed to the University of Miami, but after a head coaching change at Miami, he switched his commitment to Miami. Moss was quiet his freshman year, only starting in 3 games, but burst onto the scene his sophomore season. He started 12 games and had 1173 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and he played a big role in the bowl game victory over West Virginia. Moss suffered a knee injury and missed 4 games, but rushed 1092 yards and 11 touchdowns while earning second-team Pac 12 team honors. Moss came into the 2019 season on a mission rushing for 1416 yards and 15 touchdowns while earning the Associated Press 3rd team honors.
Pros: Moss is a hard tackle for defenders. He is a power back that can bounce off tackles or run right through them. Arm tackles have little to no effect on Moss. Moss cutting ability is jaw-dropping for a back his size. His body control allows him to move his body into a different angle at the snap of a finger. Has great vision to locate the hole and explode through the hole with speed. For a power back, Moss has soft hands and can be very effective in the passing game. He has the foundation to be a great pass blocker but needs coaching. However, he never shies away from contact.
Cons: Moss doesn't have elite breakaway speed. When he breaks off big runs, it is generally due to the blocking out front. When making a move, he doesn't have that second gear in order to get away from defenders. Injuries are a big issue for him as well as he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in 2018 and has carried a heavy workload (778 carries) in college.
Comparison: When I watch Moss play, his game resembles Marshawn Lynch. He is a very physical and aggressive runner who accept contact and fight through every tackle. They both can bounce off tackles and run through them, but they do not possess elite speed in order to break off long touchdown runs. However, Moss is much more efficient in the passing game.
Expectations: I expect Zack Moss to be taken in the 3rd or 4th round. I believe he is one of the more complete backs in the draft, but I believe a lack of competition drops him down on some draft boards. I believe that he is also going to be the steal of the draft. A team like the Chiefs, Lions, Bucs, Seahawks or Dolphins could take a shot at him in the later rounds and secure their running back for the near future.
Fantasy Expectations: Expectations depend on the landing spot but in redraft leagues, if he gets drafted to one of the teams above or another running back needy team, taking a late-round flier on him could pay dividends in the playoffs. In dynasty, I would take a shot on him in the late fifth or early sixth round depending on where Jonathan Taylor or JK Dobbin are going. Moss could be a player that wins your league so make sure to try and stash him on your bench.