What to know about Zach Tom, Wake Forest offensive lineman and Packers sixth pick in the 2022 NFL draft
The Green Bay Packers continued a theme of doubling up on areas of emphasis Saturday, selecting Wake Forest offensive lineman Zach Tom in the fourth round at No. 140 overall.
The Packers selected UCLA offensive lineman Sean Rhyan in the third round Friday, another tackle in college who projects inside in the NFL.
Josh Myers' backup
PackersNews.com analysis: For a second day in a row, the Packers chose a collegiate left tackle who will be playing inside for the team. Tom profiles as a center in the NFL, where he'd back up starter Josh Myers.
Zach Tom height, weight, other measurables
Hand size: 10 3/8.
Arm length: 33 1/4.
Zach Tom highlights at Wake Forest
Tom was named first-team All-ACC as a 14-game starter at left tackle in 2021. He earned the Jim Tatum Award as the conference's top senior student-athlete among ACC football players.
Packers scout Jon Eric Sullivan on Zach Tom
On Tom's versatility: "We think he’s a five-tool guy…that was the exciting thing, the value at that pick…his ability to play the angles, move his feet, allows him to play bigger than he is."
On Tom's NFL comparison: "I want to stay away from comparisons but I’d say he’s closer to a Billy Turner."
Zach Tom on the Packers
Tom met the local media via conference call Saturday. Here are some highlights.
On his most comfortable position: "I feel like my strength is my versatility so I feel comfortable playing any position on the offensive line. I’m just ready to play wherever they put me and go from there. I don’t like to bar myself down to one position."
On who he models his game after: "Offensive linemen that are now in the league…I try to model my game after people like Rashawn Slater, Terron Armstead…guys that are fairly athletic and that’s the name of their game. Watching them when I moved from center to left tackle really helped me."
On the Packers and how he fits in: "I had a virtual meeting with a couple of the coaches and that went well. I could tell they were interested. It’s a great situation for me and I’m ready to go in there and compete."
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s take on Zach Tom
"Center prospect who spent the last two seasons at left tackle. Tom was extremely impressive in pass protection at tackle despite a lack of desired size or length, but he's likely headed back to center in the pros. He plays with technique and plus body control, but his aggression level is a little lacking in the run game and his mass is below average. Tom could be a priority for teams with leaky interior protection. He has Day 3 value as an above-average backup with eventual starting potential."