Packers rookie Zach Tom dominated in the preseason
The Green Bay Packers seemingly find starting offensive linemen in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft every year. It would seem they have added another in fourth-round pick Zach Tom.
Few Packers players impressed as much as Tom during the preseason.
He showcased his ability to play multiple positions, and he performed well in each.
According to Pro Football Focus, Tom was on the field for 69 pass-blocking snaps during the preseason, allowing zero pressures. He earned a pass-blocking grade of 87.6, ranking first among rookies.
When the Packers’ offense takes the field in the regular season opener versus the Minnesota Vikings, Tom needs to be out there with the starting five.
The position he plays? It doesn’t really matter. Wherever the Packers need him.
If Elgton Jenkins isn’t ready to play in Week 1, put Tom at right tackle. If Jenkins is back, Tom can play guard along with Jon Runyan Jr. Tom can even play center if needed, having done so at college.
Tom’s versatility will make him a valuable addition to the Packers’ offensive line, and it will also help him land a starting job at some point, even if that’s not immediately.
Interestingly, Green Bay’s mid-round picks at wide receiver and offensive line outplayed the earlier picks.
Fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs had a better summer than second-rounder Christian Watson due to Watson’s injury. Tom has outplayed third-round pick Sean Rhyan.
Even if Tom isn’t a starter in Week 1, he adds valuable depth to the offensive line. He has had an excellent summer and got plenty of reps against a talented Packers pass rush.
He then continued his strong performances on the practice field into the preseason, not allowing a single pressure. That’s quite incredible for a rookie fourth-round pick.
Do you think Tom should be a starter for the Packers?