Round 3, 22nd pick, 86th overall
Zack Moss, running back, University of Utah Utes
Running backs aren’t valued as highly in the draft as they once were. 10 years ago or so, Zack Moss would have been a top 50 pick. In the current draft process, scouts take into consideration how many hits a running back takes while in college. There is no doubt Moss has some mileage on his tread.
Between 2007-2019, Moss had 693 touches for the Utes. Yes, he took some hits along the way. Moss also had 4,366 combined yards and 39 touchdowns. Utah certainly got lots of bang for their buck with him.
I watched Moss play several times in college and thought he and quarterback Tyler Huntley made for one of the more dynamic backfields in the PAC 12. At 5-9, Moss isn’t overly tall, but he packs his 223-pounds into that frame quite nicely. He fits the mold of a power runner but has an extra gear at times.
Moss is the kind of punishing runner would-be tackles dread facing. He runs through arm tackles and doesn’t have a problem dishing out his share of hits. Watching him play, it looks like defensive players bounce off of him when he runs with the ball. Combine that with excellent field vision and some nifty moves. The Bills picked up a quality football player.
In Moss, Buffalo has the perfect complement to Devin Singletary. The pair will make for an outstanding one-two running back punch.
"Watching Moss’ game tape is like watching an exercise in controlled violence on just about every carry, but his vision, balance, patience and wiggle are additional skills that help to make him a well-rounded runner. – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com"
Grade: B. Due to questions about his longevity.