zach kerr


delaware blue hens

defensive tackle

Size: 6'1, 326



Arm Length: 32 7/8 inch    40: 5.08    Bench: 28 reps    Vertical: 28.5 inch    3-cone: 7.93   broad: 8 ft 3 in  

Shawn's grade: 5th to 6th Round Pick: Zach Kerr is an explosive defensive tackle prospect who is at his best working up the field as a penetrating force inside. He had a terrific couple of seasons at Delaware and leaves having showcased his ability to take over games. He did not stand out at the Shrine Game, likely as a result of gaining too much weight and will need to get into better shape. Kerr projects best as a one or three technique defensive tackle in the 4-3, and could play five-technique in the 3-4. Kerr reminds me of former Southern Arkansas defensive tackle Cedric Thornton as another FCS standout with the tools and skillset to develop into a starting defensive lineman in the NFL if he lands in the right fit. Statistically compares closely with Sammie Lee Hill coming out of Stillman.

Bio: Two-year starter who began his career at Maryland before transferring to Delaware in 2012. In two-years at Delaware he tallied 84 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, one interception, and two forced fumbles. In 25 games in two years at Maryland he produced 23 tackles in a reserve role. After spending two years at Maryland he took a year off and did not play football in 2011 before transferring to Delaware. Team captain in 2013. Owns a large, thick frame with a filled-out upper body, thick trunk, tree trunks for legs, and good length for the position.

Pros: Disruptive one man wreaking crew inside who terrorized FCS offenses over the past two years. Owns the size and strength to physically take over a game. Single-handedly resets the line of scrimmage with his ability to push the pocket; does a good job of extending off the snap, engaging the blocker low, and walking him into the backfield with great leg drive. When standing the blocker up does a fine job of rolling the hips as he drives through the defender continually forcing the blocker up and to lose leverage at the point. Very strong in the upper body; fires his hands into the blocker while attempting to knock the offensive lineman off balance and penetrate the line of scrimmage. Shows the ability to stack and shed with ease inside, displaying very good hand use at the point of attack. Displays the complete pass rush repertoire with a swim and rip move to disengage cleanly from blockers inside. Once disengaged he swallows up the ball carrier and corrals him to the ground with his strength. Surprising lateral quickness with enough flexibility to stick his foot in the ground and redirect in space when chasing in pursuit. Gives great effort in the run game and has the type of motor that you don't always see at the position. Plays with the fire, tenacity, and mean streak that you look for out of a defensive lineman. Shows good initial quickness off the ball for a player of his size. At his best as a bull rusher when rushing the passer. Uses his size, lower body strength, and power to physically overpower the blocker and gain access to the backfield.

Cons: Will need to make the jump from the FCS to the NFL, something that takes time to make the transition. Did not stand out at the East-West Shrine Game; was at his best at 310 pounds in college and showed up at the Shrine Game weighing 334 pounds and looking out of shape. Will at times allow for his pad level to rise off the ball. After failing to qualify academically out of high school and dropping out of Maryland due to academic issues, intelligence and learning an NFL playbook is a question that teams will have.

Background: First-team All-Colonial Athletic Association in 2013; second-team All-CAA in 2012. Has no know injury concerns. Struggled academically at Maryland and was forced to spend a year away from the game in 2011 to reportedly get his life straightened out. After high school he needed to spend one year at Fork Union Military Academy where he was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 42 prep school player in the country by upon committing to Maryland. Coming out of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland was rated as a three-star prospect, the No. 55 defensive tackle in the country, and the No. 11 overall player in the state of Maryland by; he turned down offers from Penn State, Rutgers, Minnesota, and Illinois, among others. Played offensive tackle and defensive tackle in high school, leading his team to a state championship as a junior. Between his junior and senior seasons in high school he recorded 95 tackles and 9.5 sacks. Was not allowed to play football prior to high school because he was too big.


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