With their third-round pick, the Bills added a playmaker to their backfield by selecting Utah RB Zack Moss.
He was the 2019 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and Pac-12 All-Conference First Team his senior season, rushing for over 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns. He is a talented pass-catcher as well, finishing 3rd on his team in receptions in 2019 with 28.
Moss was a target for Brandon Beane throughout the draft, with the Bills GM telling the Western New York media that he considered trading up for him. However, no team wanted to trade down and Moss still fell to him at the 86th-pick.
Moss ran a 4.65 at the NFL Combine, but runs faster in pads than he does in shorts. Not only is he quick, but he’s also a bruiser and fumbled only once in 263 touches last season.
“I like to set a tone from the jump,” said Moss to the media. “I like being physical, making defenses make ‘business decisions’.”
“I think he’s going to be our physical back,” Beane said. “He’s going to lower that should like Frank (Gore) did at an older age. He’s not going to try and avoid contact. He can (avoid it). I love he takes care of the ball.”
Moss was a standout at Utah throughout his career, rushing for over 4,000 yards and 38 touchdowns. He is the first player in Utah history with three 1,000 yard seasons. Moss could have entered the draft last year, but says that waiting that year has made him more mature with a better understanding of life.
The Bills see him as a back that can do more than three yards and a cloud of (fake) dust.
“He’s going to be a very good compliment to Devin (Singletary),” Beane said. “While Devin may play more on the passing downs than him on paper, I think he can get out and do it. He’s a pro. He’s a smart guy.”
His family is no stranger to the NFL. He is cousins with Santana and Sinorice Moss, both who played in the league.
Moss gives the Bills the RB2 that many thought the Bills needed. After Singletary, the only other running back with any significant experience was T.J. Yeldon. Beane and Sean McDermott have made it clear from the start of this offseason that they want two backs sharing the workload.
“You just don’t see guys like Walter Payton… and Jim Brown getting the ball and playing 80 percent of the snaps,” Beane said. “There’s guys that are better on passing downs or better on run downs so coaches will use that personnel shuttling on and off. Coach (Brian) Daboll and (RB coach) Kelly Skipper will use them how they see fit.”
Moss also seemingly closes the door on the Bills trading for Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars tailback who many thought the Bills might make a move for.