Zach Charbonnet – NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch

Zach Charbonnet - NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch
Zach Charbonnet – NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch

This class is filled with talent and will bring great value to your dynasty squad for the foreseeable future. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks) and I (@FFBourbonDude) will discuss the following Running Backs, and if you’re interested in listening in to our initial pre-combine breakdowns, follow the links below.

Our pre-draft consensus rankings are as follows:

  1. Bijan Robinson
  2. Jahmyr Gibbs
  3. Zach Evans
  4. Zach Charbonnet
  5. Sean Tucker
  6. Tank Bigsby

This write-up is about our consensus number four running back in the 2023 rookie class, Zach Charbonnet. So let’s get into it.

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Zach Charbonnet – NFL Rookie Draft and Dynasty Watch

Background

A 4-star recruit to Michigan, Zach Charbonnet really showed out with some elite production for a freshman. He, unfortunately, decided to transfer to UCLA after being in a time split with Chris Evans and Hassan Haskins in 2020. He never looked back after amassing over 3,000 all-purpose yards.

Height – 6’1″

Weight – 220 pounds

College Career

A 4-star recruit who committed to Michigan and had a stellar freshman year, going for 726 yards and 11 touchdowns. He fell out of opportunity and entered the transfer portal. Charbonnet ended up going to Chip Kelly and the UCLA Bruins and never looked back.

He put together back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and another 61 catches for 518 yards receiving. He does provide a true 3-down skill set.

 

Att Yds TD Rec Yds Rec TD
2019 149 726 11 8 30 0
2021 202 1,137 13 24 197 0
2022 195 1,359 14 37 321 0

 

Zach Charbonnet - NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch
Zach Charbonnet – NFL Draft Profile and Dynasty Watch

RB Pros

Vision

Above-average vision and ability to power through small openings. This is evidenced by his 44 runs of 10+ yards, 7.0 yards per attempt, and 606 breakaway yards.

Cutback Runs

His style reminds me of some of the elite running backs in the NFL with his ability to sense the cutback. This will treat him well as a three-down back who has the skill set to wear a defense down, get them to over-pursue, and break a big run in the fourth quarter with a cutback.

Balance

Charbonnet has the 8th most yards after contact because of this. He is able to break arm tackles and take hits because of his balance and lateral abilities.

RB Cons

High Pad Level

He needs to be coached up on running a little lower. As a taller guy at 6’1,” it may be a bit tougher but don’t see this greatly inhibiting him at the next level.

Full Speed Movement

While he is good behind the line of scrimmage laterally, that is not the case when he is at speed. He struggles to make guys miss big runs due to his inability to change direction.

Setting up Blocking

At times, he lacks the patience to allow his blocking to develop or gets ahead of the blocking. I didn’t see much of a difference in zone runs versus gap schemes.

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