The Green Bay Packers didn’t drum up too much excitement when they selected Wake Forest offensive lineman Zach Tom in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was the 140th overall selection, going right in the range that many people expected him to be picked.
Tom had an impressive resume during his time with the Demon Deacons, showcasing some impressive versatility. After starting 14 games in 2018 and 2019 at center, he transitioned out to left tackle, where he started 23 games in 2020 and 2021.
He never came off the field, playing a team-high 1,205 snaps during the 2021 season. Tom was recognized for his performance, earning a First-Team All-ACC selection. He was also the recipient of the 2021 Jim Tatum Award which is given to the ACC’s top senior student-athlete among football players.
There were some concerns about Tom heading into the NFL. His measurables were a bit underwhelming with average arm length. The slender build that he has was thought to possibly lead to some issues as well, providing him with below-average strength.
But, that does not tell the whole story. Tom tested well with good agility and quickness for an offensive lineman. His technique was also excellent, which makes up for his lack of strength and size in some situations.
At the end of the day, Tom is a versatile offensive lineman that knows how to play the game. That is what translates to the field and thus far, Green Bay has to be thrilled with the results. According to PFF, Tom was arguably the best offensive line rookie during the 2022 preseason.
Tom was on the field for 69 pass-blocking snaps for the Packers and allowed zero pressures. His 87.6 pass-blocking grade was first among rookies.
Right now, Tom is listed as the third-string right tackle on the depth chart, with Green Bay doesn’t have a backup listed at the center position. That could very well be his spot, as his versatility will allow the team to address potential needs elsewhere knowing he can play multiple spots along the offensive line.
While he doesn’t look to be in line for a starting spot right now, Tom put some excellent video on tap and should be a factor should injuries occur during the season or players are ineffective in the starting lineup.