Photo of Zach Potter
Grade
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  • 4.98 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 106.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 279LBS. Weight

Overview

Potter is yet another solid, if not spectacular, defensive lineman from Nebraska. He stepped in well for NFL first-round pick Adam Carriker, twice being named honorable mention All-Big 12. As a senior he made 47 tackles, 16 for loss, five sacks, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. His five career blocked kicks will make NFL special teams coaches take notice.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Tall with adequate size throughout his frame, could still add 15-20 mass in the upper body without slowing him down. ... Versatile end who plays both sides of the line for the Huskers. ... Pushes back left tackles at times and can beat right tackles in pass situations. ... Has the height and length to affect passing lanes. ... Smart player who recognizes screens and misdirection. ... Asked to drop in zone blitzes and cover backs in the flat. ... Hustles down the line to track down ballcarriers running away from him. ... Can spin in either direction to get off blockers and make a play. Negatives: A "tweener" in 4-3 schemes and might be best as 3-4 end. ... Inconsistent explosiveness out of his stance and has average straight-line speed. ... Inconsistent getting off blocks using his upper body, at times looking strong and others getting stuck. ... Lacks a great punch, doesn't use his size to handle tight ends on the line as he should. ... Shows patience at the line but lacks quickness to make the play. ... Knocks down passes often because he can't get through his man to the quarterback. ... Often dives at the feet of ballcarriers, with mixed results, because he can't catch up to them.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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