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49ers make Fordham OT Nick Zakelj a 6th-round draft pick
The San Francisco 49ers selected Fordham OT Nick Zakelj with the eighth pick (No. 187 overall) in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The 49ers acquired this trade from linebacker Jonas Griffith to the Denver Broncos in 2021. Zakelj is from Broadview Heights, OH. He earned a pre-draft grade of 5.93 from NFL.com, which equates to an “average backup or special-teams player,” per the site’s 8-point grading scale. At the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6 ‘6 1/8 “and 316-pound Zakelj had a 40-time of 5.13 seconds, a vertical jump of 28.5 inches, a broad jump of 110 inches, a 7.75-second three-cone drill. His other measurables include an arm length of 32 1/2 inches and hands.
Breaking down Fordham OL Nick Zakelj to the 49ers
By Rohan Chakravarthi
With their first of six sixth-round selections, the 49ers opted to draft another offensive lineman, taking Fordham’s Nick Zakelj with the 187th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. With their first selection on Day 3 of the draft, the 49ers took versatile offensive lineman Spencer Burford out of UTSA and with the Zakelj pick, the team adds more size at the position, opting for a bigger tackle with Zakelj’s 6’6, 316- pound frame. Zakelj is one of the most athletic frames of any offensive lineman in the class, posting a 9.74 relative athletic score, while ranking in the 96th percentile in his 10-yard line.
Fordham OL Nick Zakelj best fits as a guard for the 49ers
By Rohan Chakravarthi
The 49ers continue their focus on the offensive line, with Fordham offensive lineman Nick Zakelj in their first sixth-round section pick. 187. Zakelj is a good scheme fit, having tested well at the combine, and being a player that fits well in the outside-zone offense that the 49ers like to run, as he has the ability to move into space. Speaking with the media following his selection, Zakelj discussed his meetings with the 49ers prioritizing the draft, regarding the scheme fit. “I didn’t have a lot of specific talk like that. I think [I was] Just kind of going through their general scheme, outside zone. I think that while I did play tackle in college, and that is obviously where I am most comfortable at, I think kind of
5 things to know about the 49ers sixth-round pick OL Nick Zakelj
After selecting guard / tackle Spencer Burford of UT-San Antonio in Round 4 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers continue to add depth to their offensive line by adding Fordham tackle Nick Zakelj in Round 6 of the draft at pick 187 overall. Zakelj turned himself into an unknown college prospect coming out of high school after a standout career at Fordham. Now he heads to the 49ers hoping to find a spot somewhere on the offensive line, which may turn out to be a guard. Here are five things to know about Zakelj as he begins his career with the 49ers. Zakelj was not recruited as a high school player at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School in Northeast
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