Photo of Anthony Zettel
Drafted By: Lions

Combine Results

5.25 ?
  • 4.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.39 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Detroit adds more competition to its defensive line depth. Zettel is an overachiever with marginal NFL measurables but his motor should make him a factor in as a fringe roster candidate. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 31 1/8" Arm Length
  • 277LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


Most prospects don't train for the season by tackling trees, but Zettel isn't "most prospects" as a free spirit. He played inside and outside during a 2014 first-team All-Big Ten season in 2014 (17 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three interceptions), but wasn't able to quite create as much havoc when moved primarily inside as a senior (47 tackles, 11 for loss, four sacks, six pass breakups). He was a third team all-conference pick by league coaches and media as a senior, and will be valued for his toughness in the middle rounds of the draft.

Pro Day Results

Broad jump: 9 feet, 4 inches



Relentless motor. Doesn’t give offensive lineman a snap off with a lazy rep. Credited by Penn State with 38 tackles for loss over his career. Urgency ratchets up even higher when he smells a play is there to be made. Reads quarterback's eyes and steadies himself to time a leap into passing lane. Had six passes defended in 2015. Has decent lateral footwork and a functional spin move that can open opportunities for him.


Undersized interior lineman. Missing the necessary sand in his pants to take on double teams or down blocks without being pushed out of the gap. Gets mauled by power. Will struggle to leverage his gap with strength in the pros. May not have a natural position fit. Has short arms and can be controlled by length of tackles when playing outside.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

NFL Comparison

Luis Trinca-­Pasat

Bottom Line

Maximum effort defensive lineman who doesn’t have optimal length to play at a defensive end spot or the size to play inside. Zettel has some talent and a great motor which is why he's been as productive as he has over the last two seasons, but his traits and skill set may not translate into a lengthy NFL career.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster