Bengals Draft: 6 reasons why Zach Tom is a perfect fit for Cincinnati

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Overall Performance

According to Pro Football Focus, Slater allowed five pressures over 355 pass-blocking snaps in 2020. In 2021, Tom allowed only eight pressures over 633 pass-blocking snaps.

While playing center, Tom gave up zero sacks, one quarterback hit, and 11 hurries on 555 pass-blocking attempts. That was three years ago.

All of these are excellent number and Tom has even more room to improve. He only played one year at center and only two years at left tackle but, with more experience and good coaching, his potential is to infinity and beyond!

Tom has the athleticism to handle speed rushers and the power to block defensive tackles blocking stunts and twists. He is not what offensive line coach Frank Pollack would call a “glass eater.” However, “glass eater” should not be synonymous with “good.” Tom is an excellent left tackle.

Sometimes, Tom can get pushed back by more powerful rushers who get into his chest. But that is less of a problem from the tackle spot than from the guard or center position. Furthermore, it does not happen to him often.