The 2023 NFL offseason is here and that means it’s time for mock drafts, draft profiles and everything that goes with them. So without further ado, here’s one of many Draft Profiles for the 2023 NFL draft.
Chandler Zavala, G, N.C. State
WT: 325 lbs
– All-America Honors 2018
– First-team All-MEC
– Has the natural power to move defenders at the point of attack. Zavala also has the agility and speed to get out in front and land blocks at the second level. He also shows a good understanding of angles when climbing to the second level.
– Displays good awareness when it comes to reading moving bodies, effectively reacting and adjusting. He also shows a good feel for combo blocks.
– Zavala plays with good leverage despite his taller frame, and he’s a surprisingly good mover for his size, showing fluidity and flexibility when blocking on the second level.
– He’s a coordinated athlete who can win at the point of attack in the run game, and Zavala can also move to consistently land blocks at the second level.
– Consistently keeps his feet sliding while maintaining power when dealing with speed, often sending speed rushers flying past the pocket
– In the run game, he explodes off the line of scrimmage and consistently gets out to the second level to do damage.
– Has enough power in the run game, but at times Zavala seems to lack a mean streak.
– Can struggle to stay engaged, especially on the second level. His hand placement can be sloppy, costing him power.
– Could be a liability against speed-to-power pass rushers early in his career.
Zavala will add instant quality depth to most rosters. His size and strength translates well to the pros. If Zavala can improve against the speed rush he can definitely be a starter in this league.
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