Zach Zenner is one of my favorite prospects in the 2015 NFL draft and he made some huge strides today against Montana State in the FCS Playoffs. Zenner has been outstanding all season long, but today's performance could put him over the top as a prospect and vault him from a late round pick or undrafted free agent to a middle-late round pick. Combine today's game with one or two more strong performances and a good showing later in the draft process, and Zenner might wind up as a second or third round pick. I think he's a top three running back in this year's draft, behind Gordon and Gurley. Let's take a quick look at what made today's game so special.
Zenner is a special player, who has been accepted to medical school with a 3.87 GPA in the classroom, and outstanding performance on the field. If the NFL doesn't pan out for him, Zenner will pursue a career as a surgeon. That being said, his medical career will likely have to wait a few years. He's been scouted by every team in the NFL, and today's game was dominant.
Zach Zenner scored five touchdowns today, 4 on the ground and one through the air, in 1 degree weather, in blizzard conditions, to carry the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits over the Montana State University Bobcats. If you don't think the conditions were that bad, think again. Montana winters get cold. Extremely cold. I'll post a picture of a millimeter thick sheet of ice that formed on the INSIDE of my dorm room window at Montana State University at the end of the article....but I digress. Some sports writers speculated that the cold weather would slow down Zenner. Zenner responded with the following stat line. Twenty three carries for 252 yards and four touchdowns. The touchdowns were for 45 yards, 7 yards, 60 yards, and 69 yards. Zenner's touchdown catch went for 69 yards. This guy is an obvious big play machine that translates perfectly as a fullback in the NFL, even though some scouts have him pinned as a fullback.
Mark my words. Zach Zenner is a name that you will be hearing a lot leading up to the draft. Don't be surprised to see him go far earlier than most people expect in spring! He would be an especially great fit for a cold weather team, but would be an asset to any franchise.
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