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Jack Snyder UDFA profile

One of the offensive linemen I liked in this draft was Zach Tom from Wake Forest, who was taken by the Packers 2 slots ahead of Decobie Durant in the 4th round. Former San Jose State left tackle, Jack Snyder is a poor man's version of Tom. He's quick and a solid pass blocker, but due to a lack of length likely will have to play inside in the NFL. He projects as a swing backup with his best chance at becoming a starter probably being if he can learn to play center. If you want to take an optimistic view of his future, the NFL player I'd offer as a comp is Mason Cole, who was a 3rd round pick out of Michigan in 2018. Cole struggled in the early years of his career playing for the Arizona Cardinals, but had the best season of his career last year with the Vikings and he was rewarded in free agency with a 3 year nearly $16 million contract with the Steelers, slightly less total money than Brian Allen. Trying to bolster a poor OL, the Steelers signed both James Daniels and Cole, with Cole potentially being their new starting center. If you want to take a super optimistic view, Jack Snyder is a poor man's Creed Humphrey. Snyder's physical measurements and testing numbers are all just slightly behind Humphrey's scores.

Background

Played at San Jose State with Jeremiah Kolone and Josh Love. Went to the same HS as Jared Goff. Kolone was a team captain when Snyder was a redshirt freshman. Love is in the USFL and beat out a former 4th round pick, Kyle Lauletta, for playing time.

Shrine Bowl: 6'4 5/8'' tall, 313 pounds, 31 1/4'' arms, 9 3/4'' hands, 77 7/8'' wingspan

Pro Day: 6'5'' tall, 306 pounds, 31 1/4'' warms, 10'' hands, 78 1/2'' wingspan

5.15 sec (40 time), 1.75 sec (10 yard split), 27.5'' vert, 9'1'' broad, 4.58 sec (shuttle), 7.7 sec (3 cone), 25 bench reps

Very short arms, even to be an NFL center. Solid shuttle time to play interior OL.

He weighed about 170 pounds at one point in HS. Was about 240 pounds when he got to college, bulking up during his redshirt season. He drank a gallon of milk each day to gain weight. Listed at 292 pounds in 2017 as redshirt freshman and made 8 starts (7 of them at RT). In 2018 made 12 starts (11 at left tackle). 32 more starts at LT over the subsequent 3 seasons. Bonus senior in 2021, his 6th year in college. Turns 25 years old later this month.

Had 4 different OL coaches during his college career. 5 time academic all conference selection. Degree in business administration, was graduate student in urban planning.

Sports Illustrated: Underwhelming length and power. Strong movement skills, technically sound. Unreliable anchor, late punches. Awareness is his best trait. Quickness for reach blocks. Potential swing backup. 7th round grade.

Strengths

Smooth and fluid mover. Able to turn in tight quarters.

Very quick feet in pass protection. Smoothly pulls away from LOS and is able to cut off edge speed. Change of direction ability to handle inside moves.

Can slide laterally to make 2nd level climbs.

Good timing on combo blocks to work up to the LB.

Good hand speed.

Moves legs through engagement on run blocks to sustain the block and maintain base.

Quickness and agility to get hips around on seal blocks. Well suited for ZBS system.

Aware to twists.

Caught a pass on a trick play.

He thinks he can play all 5 OL positions.

Very experienced starter who doesn't appear to have an injury history.

Intelligent, reliable intangibles and football character.

Weaknesses

A finesse blocker with below average strength and no power. Unable to generate power into hits.

Doesn't generate movement on down blocks and combo blocks.

Seriously deficient in effective length. Very short arms and appears to have slightly short legs in relation to his torso and body size. Snyder's arms are 2 inches shorter than Zach Tom's arms and Jeremiah Kolone's arms. Snyder and Coleman Shelton have comparable length.

Has some contact balance issues due to short arms. Defenders can knock or pull his arms down on both run and pass blocks. Defenders can stack him, then throw him off and disengage.

Misses grabs on blocks due to short arms. Struggles to lock up the defender and maintain control of the block for longer period. Loses to counter moves on run blocks.

Leans forward when pass blocking, vulnerable in his posture. Short arms limit his recovery ability and range. Gets beaten around outside edge by better pass rush moves.

Gets driven backwards in pass pro.

Doesn't gain depth easily with kick slide, typically gains depth by taking many short and quick steps.

Not explosive in space on screen passes.

3 years older than an average draft prospect.

Played in spread offense. Deficiencies covered up by quick passes and quick hitting run plays. PFF grad inflated by lower level of competition.

Projects as interior lineman in the NFL, but has no starting experience in college at either guard or center.

Scheme limited, a zone scheme only player.

Doesn't have an aggressive personality in interviews. Not a glass eater.

Rams Outlook

I see him as one of those 50/50 prospects with a low ceiling. He might be able to carve out a backup role if he can beat out someone like Coleman Shelton or step into that spot after Shelton's contract expires. Or he might have to play in a developmental league like Kolone, who got starting experience at center playing in the AAF.

Snyder's athletic feet, intelligence and quick hands give him a chance to compete for a spot, but his lack of play strength and his short arms could sink his NFL hopes.

One of my issues with how Snead and McVay have constructed the roster is that the players in the mix for these backup OL roles are nearly all UDFA types. If you look at the roster for the Packers, Zach Tom is probably just a swing backup for them. They already have Josh Myers at center. They have other interior backup candidates, including Cole Van Lanen (6th rd), Jake Hanson (6th rd), Michal Menet (7th rd) and Sean Rhyan (3rd rd). So, you add in 4th rounder Zach Tom, they have quality depth options. We're not even talking about their starters.

If you put Jack Snyder on the Packers roster, I think he'd have a very hard time cracking that lineup. On the Rams, Snyder has a fighting chance. Snead built a top heavy team that relies on a small group of core superstars, but once you get past that top tier, the Rams don't have great depth and one position group where that shows up is on the offensive line.

The 4th round pick that Snead included in the Brandin Cooks trade that brought the Rams the Van Jefferson pick could have been used on Zach Tom. Jack Snyder is a solid player for an UDFA, but I still think he's an UDFA level performer, he's not as good as a prospect as Tom.

The way Coleman Shelton's contract is structured, it is almost like a 1 year contract, so if the Rams don't retain him for 2023 and they think Snyder shows potential, maybe Snyder could be a candidate to effectively replace Shelton on the roster.