Zack Baun

Wisconsin
LB03

Prospect Info

College
Wisconsin
Hometown
Class
Brown Deer, WI
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
238 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

6.50
Boom or bust prospect
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.65
Seconds
 
Bench Press
24
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.0
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.31
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Baun came to UW as a dual-threat quarterback who won the state's Offensive Player of the Year award as a senior at Brown Deer High School (1,936 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns; 1,837 rushing yards, 39 rushing touchdowns). His best fit was on defense, though, with the Badgers so he contributed there as a reserve linebacker his redshirt freshman season (15 tackles, 3.5 for loss in 12 games). Baun's progress was set back by a foot injury suffered in 2017 preseason camp but he made up for lost time by starting all 13 games in 2018 (63 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception). Baun became a superstar in college football as a senior, finishing among the nation's leaders with 19.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks among his 76 total tackles to earn second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors. He also intercepted a pass, broke up two others, and caused two fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Kyle Van Noy
Overview
Ascending prospect whose explosive production on the field has begun to mirror his explosive athletic traits. Baun's twitchy get-off and deep bend at the edge is nightmare fuel for Big Ten tackles and he's still at the early stages of pass rush development. He is aggressive to flow downhill in run support, has sideline-to-sideline range and is fluid dropping into coverage. He's strong but a little light as an edge-setter so teams will need to figure out how best to align him. Baun is a scheme-diverse linebacker with high-impact potential whose best days are ahead of him.
Strengths
  • Twitchy and explosive
  • Ill-tempered striking on display against Ohio State
  • Lateral slide quickness to close running lanes from backside
  • Rush zombie with good secondary rush motor
  • Quick hands to punch and play around blocks
  • Speed and athleticism to cover RBs and match up with TEs in space
  • Smooth drops and fluid hips amplify zone cover radius
  • Good tackle range with speed to go get them
  • Flexible and strong to maintain balance through contact
  • Proper sink and extension to set a solid edge
  • Agility and suddenness to expand his reach as open-field tackler
  • Dangerous burst and bend whips tardy tackles around the edge
  • Quick trigger to create disruption in backfield
  • Good rip-and-run to flatten and attack the pocket
Weaknesses
  • Lacks desired size of a full-time, NFL edge rusher
  • Long-arm tackles pester him at point of attack
  • Needs to harness energy as open-field tackler
  • Occasionally telegraphs rush plan with pre-snap setup of feet
  • Antsy demeanor causes delays coming off the ball at times
  • Rush momentum can carry him beyond the arc
  • Mechanical in his rush counters
  • Currently wins with athletic ability over skill level as pass rusher
  • Some panic when face-guarding down the field
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league