A two-star high school recruit, Zachariah ?Zach? Kerr struggled with academics out of high school and attended Fork Union Military Academy for a year before committing to Maryland over Rutgers. He was a depth player as a freshman and sophomore, coming off the bench and collecting 23 tackles in his two seasons at Maryland. Kerr was ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season and he and the coaching staff mutually agreed to part ways, landing Kerr at Delaware. He got his grades in order and started every game the past two seasons, setting career-bests in 2013 with 57 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, earning First Team All-CAA honors. Kerr is built well for the position with the natural power to match, but needs to show better knee bend and play with leverage to maximize his ability. He is a bully in the middle with the strength to anchor and motor to disrupt the pocket, but is more apt to throw elbows than properly extend and use his hands. Kerr can two-gap and is scheme versatile and will likely attract the most attention from 3-4 defenses looking for depth at nose tackle.
STRENGTHS: Wide-bodied with thick hips, core strength and a powerful upper body. Carries his weight well with fluid lateral movements to make plays away from the line of scrimmage. Coordinated feet and collects himself well when changing directions. Heavy, active hands to shock blockers and finish tackles, always trying to rip the ball out. Nice job using his long arms to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Keeps his head on a swivel with good ball awareness and vision. High effort and intensity player, playing through the whistle. Takes pride in his finishing ability. Mature and humble. Dedicated team leader and hard worker during the week, pushing himself in the weight room and on the practice field. Versatile experience lining up all over the defensive line, mostly at the 0- and 1-technique spots.WEAKNESSES: Good pursuit skills, but lacks ideal range to routinely chase down ballcarriers. Pops upright and struggles with leverage. Often finds himself straight-legged and on his heels. Needs to consistently extend at the point of attack to control blocks and stay a step ahead of blockers. Possesses long arms, just doesn?t always use them correctly. Tends to fatigue easily and will wear himself out with his motor. Allowed himself to become academically ineligible and was forced to transfer from Maryland. Clever football player, but needs to prove he has NFL smarts. Most of his experience has come vs. a lower level of competition at the FCS level, not starting any games in his two seasons at Maryland.--Dane Brugler
05/13/2014 - Indianapolis Colts Agree to Terms with 19 Undrafted Free Agents: Nose tackle Zach Kerr, 6-2, 310 pounds, played in all 12 games for Delaware in 2013 and totaled 57 tackles (28 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles. As a junior in 2012, he earned Second Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors after starting all 11 games and leading a defensive front that ranked second in the conference in rushing defense (134.2 yards per game). Kerr finished the year with 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. He also became the first Delaware defensive lineman since 1996 to return an interception for a touchdown. - Indianapolis Colts