The Wake Forest draft prospects are a versatile bunch, according to their scouting reports. The versatility of the 2022 NFL Draft class could be highlighted, and Wake Forest’s prospects are no different. Headlining that group is offensive lineman Zach Tom. Here are the full scouting reports from Wake Forest with eyes toward the 2022 NFL Draft.
Wake Forest 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Tom was a multi-year starter on the offensive line for Wake. He started at multiple positions and carried that over to an impressive week at the 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl. Joining him is a slew of other productive players with potential versatility. Ja’Sir Taylor and Nasir Greer offer the ability to play inside and outside at cornerback, while former wide receiver Jaquarii Roberson can win anywhere on the field.
Brandon Chapman, TE
Positives: Tall, hard-working tight end who quickly releases off the line of scrimmage into pass routes and works to make the reception away from his frame. Stays square as a blocker, seals defenders from the action, and anchors at the point. Bends his knees and blocks with solid fundamentals. Feisty and gives effort on every snap.
Negatives: Displays minimal receiving skills and drops catchable throws. Slows into breaks. Struggles finishing blocks. Average size and poor speed.
Analysis: Chapman gets the most from his ability. However, he lacks the athleticism and dominant strength for the next level.
Ja’Sir Taylor, CB
Positives: Aggressive cornerback with solid ball skills. Smooth flipping his hips in transition, tracks the pass in the air, and has a nice move to the throw. Stays on the receiver’s hip out of breaks, effectively times pass defenses, and plays with good instincts. Fires up the field to defend the run and wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Lacks deep speed. Late getting to the ball out of his plant and usually a half-step behind opponents. Displays limited quickness.
Analysis: Taylor is smart and possesses good ball skills. But he comes with questionable playing speed. He’s a bump-and-run corner who will be able to line up in a zone system. Additionally, Taylor has a special-teams mentality.
Jaquarii Roberson, WR
Positives: Quick receiver who displays good route recognition, comes back to the ball to make himself an available target, and consistently extends his hands to make the reception away from his frame. Tracks the pass in the air, makes the difficult catch in a crowd, and snatches the ball away from defenders. Quickly gets into pass routes, follows his quarterback across the field, and works hard. Slippery and shows the ability to create yardage handling the ball.
Negatives: Plays to one speed, lacks a second gear, and does not show much of a burst in his game.
Analysis: Roberson is a long wideout who was very productive the past two years and showed a nose for the end zone. More quick than fast, he’ll be a solid addition to a timing offense running underneath routes.
Luiji Vilain, DE
Positives: Explosive and athletic pass rusher coming off a terrific season. Fires off the snap with a terrific first step, plays with outstanding pad level and gets leverage on opponents. Works his hand throughout the action, keeps his feet moving and displays terrific movement skills. Gets off the line and pursues the action laterally with speed. Stays with assignments, displays a good change of direction and rarely off his feet.
Negatives: Handled by opponents and slow to shed. Has an injury history. Very raw in his pass rush techniques.
Analysis: Vilain is an explosive athlete with upside as a pass rusher. He can stand over tackle or come out of a three-point stance and is worth developing on a practice squad this season.
Luke Masterson, LB
Positives: Productive three-year starter who saw action at both safety and linebacker. Keeps plays in front of him, remains disciplined with assignments, and quickly diagnoses the action. Physical, fires upfield to fill gaps in run defense, and wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Shows average playing speed and a limited closing burst despite his 40 time. Does not get great depth on pass drops when used at linebacker.
Analysis: Masterson possesses solid size as well as speed. However, he must start to play to those numbers. He possesses a good head for the game and could be a surprise in camp this summer if he plays well on special teams.
Miles Fox, DT
Positives: Quick, explosive interior lineman who projects as a 3-technique tackle. Fires off the snap with a great first step, plays with terrific pad level, and consistently gets leverage on opponents as he penetrates the line of scrimmage. Keeps his feet moving, displays good change-of-direction skills, and plays with a nasty attitude. Built low to the ground, stays with assignments, and does more than mindlessly rush up the field.
Negatives: Lacks bulk. Easily controlled at the point of attack and engulfed by bigger blockers. Average pass rusher.
Analysis: Fox has been a productive lineman for Wake Forest since transferring from Old Dominion three years ago. He possesses the size as well as the substance to be used at the 3-technique position on Sundays and could surprise in camp this summer.
Nasir Greer, DB
Positives: Once-promising prospect who keeps the action in front of him, takes good angles, and works hard to make plays. Quickly picks up assignments, stays with his responsibilities, and shows a good head for the action. Displayed excellent lateral speed as well as a closing burst prior to his injury.
Negatives: Possesses a smaller build and isn’t a stout safety. Overcommits to plays on occasion. Possesses average ball skills. Has struggled with injury the past two seasons.
Analysis: I projected Greer as a potential Day 3 choice after a very productive sophomore season in 2019. But a knee injury the following year set him back. He possesses solid size and a good head for the ball. Nonetheless, he must prove he’s fully healthy and show some semblance of playing speed to have any chance at the next level.
Zach Tom, OL
Positives: Hard-working college left tackle who projects to center in the NFL. Patient, stays square, and is very effective with his hands. Keeps his feet moving and displays lateral blocking range. Patient, sees the blitz, and adjusts to pick up defenders. Outstanding position blocker who steers pass rushers from their angles of attack.
Negatives: Needs to improve his overall playing strength and become stouter in his base. Doesn’t finish blocks.
Analysis: Tom was an efficient left tackle at Wake Forest who also saw action at guard. He had three terrific days of Shrine Bowl practices while primarily playing center. He possesses a nice frame that comes with growth potential. Tom has enough movement skills to get consideration in a zone-blocking scheme.
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