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Combine Results

5.32 ?
  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 41.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.69 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


2014: Won inaugural Mickey Charles Award, honoring the academic excellence of an FCS student-athlete. Walter Payton Award Finalist. First-team FCS All-American. First-team All-Missouri Valley Conference. Started all 14 games. Rushed for 2,000 yards in a second consecutive season. 2013: Walter Payton Award Finalist. First-team FCS All-American. Firsr-team All-Missouri Valley Conference. Started all 14 games. Second player in FCS history to rush for 2,000 yards. 2012: First-team FCS All-American. First-team All-Missouri Valley Conference. Started all 13 games. 2011: Played in all 11 games with two starts. 2010: Redshirted.

Pro Day Results

20-yard short shuttle: 4.3 seconds
Three-cone drill: 6.88 seconds



One-cut downhill runner. Workhorse. Big and fast; smart and tough. Will win most footraces once he gets to top gear. Has almost no wasted motion to and through the crease. Stays balanced through contact. Strong production against better competition. In 2014, put 103 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and two touchdowns on Missouri after hanging 202 yards and two touchdowns on Nebraska in 2013. Uses stiff-arm effectively on second level. Runs through arm tackles. Good hands out of backfield and adjusts to poorly thrown balls. Has "every-down" traits. Sticks nose squarely into A-gap blitzers in pass pro. Can add even more weight to frame if needed.


Tight hips with thin waist and very little wiggle. Struggles to slide laterally from one gap to the next when a lane closes suddenly. Lacks creativity -- one-speed rusher. Gets yards after contact, but not really a pile mover. Needs improvement on acceleration through contact. Overwhelmed smaller, slower defensive fronts. Will throw flipper or shoulder at edge blitz at times rather than squaring up.

Draft Projection

Round 5 or 6

Bottom Line

When evaluators look at small-school prospects, they want to see them dominate that level of competition and that is exactly what Zenner was able to do. Zenner is more fast than sudden and might be best-suited in a one-cut scheme. His production, size and speed will generate plenty of discussion in draft meetings.
-Lance Zierlein
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.