With the 112th pick in the draft, Tyler Gallagher selects:
“In the fourth round, the options at positions of need are starting to thin, but there are still some excellent players on the board who can yield great value.
While I am highly against selecting a running back early due to the value of the position (the trio of Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, and Troymaine Pope/an undrafted free agent should do just fine), that should not stop me or the LA Chargers from taking an insane value at the position if available. In this situation, that insane value was available. Zack Moss is a player with first-round talent that could fall a bit due to devaluation of his position.
However, in the fourth round, Zack Moss is a no-brainer pick with decent upside and a very high floor.
At 5’9” and 223 pounds, Moss is an incredibly stout runner who would fit the bill as the North-South runner that many fans believe the Chargers need. With his low pad level, good balance, and stout frame, he is difficult to take down. He is excellent at getting the yards that are blocked plus a bit more.
Furthermore, Moss has the potential to project as a three-down back, allowing for greater versatility when he is on the field. He is better at catching than his size would lead you to believe, and he certainly has the physical tools to be an excellent pass blocker. On top of all of this, Moss has A+ character. He has frequently been lauded for his leadership and toughness.
The only negatives on Moss are his top-end speed and injury history. Moss has the short-range speed to hit the hole hard but will not run away from many NFL defenders. Furthermore, he had knee surgery in 2018, but it appears that he is fully recovered from that injury.
While running back is not a major need or a position worth stockpiling, any first-round talent that is available in the fourth round should be selected. Therefore, Moss was my fourth-round choice.”