Zach Gentry

Michigan

Prospect Info

College
Michigan
Hometown
Class
NM
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 8"
265 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 5 ‧ Pick 3
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.9u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
12
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
110.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.4
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.53
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.43
Seconds
 

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Gentry was recruited as a quarterback (rated a four-star recruit, top 10 nationally at his position) by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh but by the time his redshirt freshman season began, was a promising tight end prospect. He did not have a catch in that 2016 season, playing in seven games as a reserve and on special teams. Gentry got the starting job in 11 of 13 games played in 2017, winning the team's Most Improved Offensive Player of the Year award with 17 receptions for 303 yards (17.8 average) and two touchdowns. The Albuquerque native became a third-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior, grabbing 32 passes for 514 yards (16.1 average) and two scores.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Matt Lengel
Overview
With his size and background at Michigan, teams might be tempted to play him as a combination tight end with run-blocking duties, but he's much better-suited in space than in the trenches. Gentry runs pretty well and moves fluidly as a route-runner, but his hands and focus can be maddening. He showed flashes of what he could do with a more capable quarterback last year, but his disappointing workouts and testing might have pushed back and out of the draft.
Strengths
  • Has frame to pack on more muscle
  • Fits his angle block and runs feet
  • Decent hand placement at point of attack
  • Easy climb and locate on second level
  • Former quarterback who has maintained his athleticism
  • Natural gait and speed to attack seams and climb past linebacker
  • Runs routes with knee bend and is smooth out of turns
  • Leverages the middle of the field open
  • Feel for bodying and stacking man defender over the middle
  • Field aware in scramble spots
Weaknesses
  • Needs more development in arms and upper body
  • Play strength below par
  • Missing drive power for double teams
  • Narrow base hinders contact balance and ability to sustain
  • Too passive in attacking split-zone wham duties
  • Too much body catching and too many drops
  • Hand-eye coordination and focus are spotty
  • Can do a better job of finding openings in zone
GRADE
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