With the 86th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected running back, Zack Moss out of The University of Utah.
During his time as a Ute, the Hialeah Gardens, Fl. native recorded three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons from 2017-19. He finished his collegiate career with 4,067 yards and 38 touchdowns in 45 games played. Though he spent his collegiate season with Utah, he initially committed to Miami but took his talents to Salt Lake when the school moved on from head coach Al Golden in 2015. In his 2019 senior season, Moss earned a Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and Pac-12 All-Conference first-team nod along with a Pro Football Focus All-America first-team nomination.
In now back-to-back drafts, the Bills have completely revitalized their running back position. As the league shifts to more of a “running back by committee” scheme, the Bills have followed suit. After drafting Devin Singletary last year in the third round and Moss in this year’s third round, the Bills backfield has been completely rebuilt.
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Linking the play of Moss to a familiar face in Frank Gore last season, Moss and Singletary will be able to produce that one-two punch that made the Bills successful last season. The significance of this pick is that there is not a conflict of interest as the talents of Moss don’t challenge Singletary but in fact, they enhance him. Having a different running back for different situations has brought many team’s success, most famously the San Fransisco 49ers.
Continuing the player comps, NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein sees a lot of Dallas Cowboy’s Marion Barber in Moss. This is for good reason as the two share a similar stature as Moss measures 5’10” and 222 pounds and in play style as they both play with unmatched aggression. Zierlein notes in his evaluation of Moss that “watching Moss’ game tape is like watching an exercise in controlled violence on just about every carry, but his vision, balance, patience and wiggle are additional skills that help to make him a well-rounded runner.”
With the selection of Cody Ford and Singletary last season combined with the addition of Zack Moss this season, the Buffalo Bills offense is looking scary with still time for the team to select a developmental, project wide receiver later in the draft.