Photo of Zack Follett
  • 4.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 236LBS. Weight


A punishing hitter, Follett capitalized on Cal's switch to the 3-4 defense to post the best numbers of his career as a senior, registering an eye-popping 23 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and forcing five fumbles. Considering the success he enjoyed while operating on the strong side in 2007, when Cal was in the 4-3 alignment, Follett is clearly not just a product of the system. In '07, his first season as a full-time starter, Follett earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in leading Cal with 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks despite missing two games. One of the more physical and intense defenders in the country, the knock on Follett is the perception that he's best going forward and may be too stiff in coverage for some schemes.



Positives: Broad frame with the room for an additional 10-15 pounds of muscle mass. ... Improved play recognition as he gained experience. ... Plays with reckless abandon on every snap. ... Forcefully takes on blocks with an impressive pop that can gain him the separation he needs to make big plays behind the line of scrimmage. ... Downhill defender who can explode into the ballcarrier and has forced eight fumbles over his career, despite only emerging as a full-time starter in 2007. ... Looks to intimidate his opponent. ... Reads the quarterback's eyes and will break on the ball. Negatives: Relies on his aggression and physicality to make the play. ... Inconsistent in his reads. ... Will take false steps and can be beaten over the top by play-action. ... At his best coming off the edge as a pass rusher, but showed only marginal technique when facing athletic pass blockers who could absorb his initial charge as a pass rusher. ... Only flashes the lateral quickness to evade blockers. ... Tackled with his head down too often in 2007, leading to some missed tackles and, more important, putting his spinal cord at risk. Follett missed nearly three games in 2007 due to a neck stinger.
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.