The Green Bay Packers got one of the biggest steals of the 2022 NFL Draft according to Pro Football Focus.
PFF loved the Packers’ selection of Wake Forest offensive lineman Zach Tom with the No. 140 overall selection.
Tom was quietly one of the best pass-protectors in college football last season. The Wake Forest Demon Deacon led all FBS tackles in pass-block grade for the season, allowing just 13 pressures in 14 starts, including zero to Jermaine Johnson II in their Week 3 showdown.
Given his relatively slight frame, Tom will likely end up on the interior, which is where he spent his first few years on campus before moving to left tackle in 2020.
Still, the 6-foot-4, 304-pound lineman should at least get a shot at tackle. He’s already an advanced pass-protector and is a natural at using his hands independently. After a stellar collegiate career, Tom proceeded to light up the scouting combine, recording a 4.94-second 40-yard dash (97th percentile among interior offensive linemen historically), 1.70-second 10-yard split (96th), 33-inch vertical (96th), 9-foot-10 broad jump (99th), 4.47-second pro agility (94th) and 7.32-second three-cone (97th).
It certainly feels like the Packers found a hidden gem by selecting Tom on day three of the draft.
This is likely a situation where Tom fell in the draft a bit due to going to a small ACC school. If Tom had gone to a major SEC program, he’s probably a day two selection.
Either way, the Packers identified his talent and scooped him up on day three. It’s a great value pick that will instantly provide Green Bay with depth. And he could turn into a long-term starting offensive lineman for the Packers.
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