2017 NFL Draft

Zach Ertz, TE

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Alamo, CA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 249 lbs.
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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 40. *Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford: A "move" tight end in Stanford's pro-style offense, Ertz is a versatile, athletic pass receiver. He does not, however, offer much as a blocker. That limits his stock. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Stanford Pro Day: Zach Ertz is intriguing prospect at watch early in draft...Representatives from 31 NFL teams (only the Washington Redskins were not present) gathered at Stanford's pro day on Thursday, where 12 players went through a workout outdoors on FieldTurf in ideal weather conditions. The Oakland Raiders had a group of coaches in Palo Alto, while Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes was also in attendance.

Zach Ertz, TE (6-foot-5 1/8, 244 pounds) - Ertz ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.62 seconds. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He kept the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Ertz is very smooth in his routes and catches the ball very well. This is going to be an interesting player, likely getting selected at the end of the first round or early in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Had Tony Gonzalez not returned to the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears not signed Martellus Bennett, Ertz - who is the No. 23-rated prospect in my Hot 100 and No. 2 tight end in Mike Mayock???s position rankings - could have gone in the first round to one of those two teams. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/21/2013 - While the results of the athletic drills conducted at the Combine each year generates the most buzz, scouts will tell you that the most important testing occurs off the field. An example of this came Thursday morning with scouts getting their first opportunity to get reliable measurements for a number of highly regarded underclassmen tight ends, including Stanford's Zach Ertz, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated prospect at the position.

While Ertz looked the part of a first round tight end at 6-5, 249 pounds, he has surprisingly short arms, according to NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah. Ertz's arms were measured at 31 3/4." By comparison, Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, the only other tight end consistently earning placement in NFLDraftScout.com's first round mock drafts, measured in at 6-5, 250 with 33 1/8" arms.

The difference might seem slight, until you compare Ertz's arm-length to several of the other highly regarded underclassmen at the position, including San Diego State's Gavin Escobar (33 5/8" arms at 6-6, 254), Michigan State's Dion Sims (33 1/8" at 6-5, 262) and even significantly smaller "joker" tight end Jordan Reed of Florida, who has 33" arms despite measuring in at 6-2 (1/2), 236 pounds.

Arm length can be significant at the tight end position. Longer-armed defenders might be able to get into Ertz's chest and drive him back or toss him on when he's asked to block. Theoretically, defenders playing tight against him might be able to reach from behind to knock away passes, though this wasn't a problem during Ertz's First Team All Pac-12 junior campaign, when he led Stanford with 69 catches in 2012 for 898 yards and six touchdowns. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 10. Stanford: David Shaw's program has made more than its share of tight ends, but he loses two very good ones in Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo. They combined for 95 catches and 10 TDs last season. CB Terrence Brown (65 tackles) was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 performance, and he won't be back. But the Cardinal still should be excellent on defense with Ben Gardner, Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov all opting to return to Palo Alto. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/07/2013 - All-American tight end Zach Ertz will forego his final year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the NFL Draft. Ertz said Monday that his decision was made more difficult than expected because of the talent the Cardinal have coming back next season. But he said playing in the NFL always has been his dream and he couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a high draft pick.

Making the move to the pros had been somewhat expected. Ertz had a team-best 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns while leading No. 8 Stanford (12-2) to a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. - AP Sports

01/07/2013 - Stanford tight end Zach Ertz will not be returning to Palo Alto for another season. It was announced on Monday afternoon that Ertz would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. The decision does not come as a major surprise. Ertz led Stanford in every major receiving category in 2012, finishing with 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns. The 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end was a consensus All-American in 2012. He's expected to be drafted in the first or second round in the NFL Draft in April.

Ertz will likely be the first tight end off the board in this spring's draft, depending on what Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert decides to do. Last April, it was another Stanford tight end who was the first tight end drafted. The Indianapolis Colts selected Coby Fleener in the second round and paired him with their first-round draft pick, Andrew Luck. Considering the Cardinal still have Levine Toilolo, who is likely to return for his senior season, Stanford seems to be becoming Tight End U. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

01/01/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Zach Ertz has 66 catches for 837 yards, both of which lead the team by a wide margin. His six touchdown catches also lead the team. He is one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, which goes to the nation's top tight end. Wisconsin will have trouble covering him and TE Levin Toilolo. - The Sports Xchange

01/01/2013 - Scouting the Stanford passing game: Redshirt freshman QB Kevin Hogan has completed 72.9 percent of his passes with nine touchdown passes and three interceptions. He can pass accurately from the pocket or rolling out in either direction. He can also buy time with his mobility. He is a proficient short passer, but has not yet shown he can throw the deep ball accurately. It's not a major issue for Stanford, since it does not have a deep threat anyway. TE Zach Ertz is the team's top receiver. His 66 catches for 837 yards are nearly double the Cardinal's second-leading receiver. Wisconsin's secondary may not have an answer for Ertz. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: TE Zach Ertz, Stanford, 6-6 252 Sr., Alamo, CA...Ertz led all FBS tight ends during the 2012 season with 66 receptions and 837 receiving yards, both school records at the position. The 6-foot-6 senior is one reception and 97 yards away from breaking into Stanford's all-time top 10 in each category among all pass catchers. - Stanford football

12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: Tight End - x-Zach Ertz, Stanford (Unanimous), 6-6, 252, senior...Ertz is the first unanimous tight end All-American since Heath Miller in 2004. Ertz led all FBS tight ends during the 2012 season with 66 receptions and 837 receiving yards, both school records at the position. The 6-foot-6 senior is one reception and 97 yards away from breaking into Stanford's all-time top 10 in each category among all pass catchers.

Ertz has led Stanford in receiving in seven of 13 games this season. He caught a career-high 11 passes including the game-tying touchdown at top-ranked Oregon to send the contest to overtime, while he hauled in the Cardinal's game-winning touchdowns against both No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State. - Stanford football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: Tight end - Zach Ertz, senior, 6-6, 252, Stanford...Ertz has led Stanford in receiving in seven of 13 games this season. He caught a career-high 11 passes including the game-tying touchdown at top-ranked Oregon to send the contest to overtime, while he hauled in the Cardinal's game-winning touchdowns against both No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State. - Stanford football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: TE Zach Ertz, Sr., Stanford...Ertz led all FBS tight ends during the 2012 season with 66 receptions and 837 receiving yards, both school records at the position. The 6-foot-6 senior is one reception and 97 yards away from breaking into Stanford's all-time top 10 in each category among all pass catchers.

Ertz has led Stanford in receiving in seven of 13 games this season. He caught a career-high 11 passes including the game-tying touchdown at top-ranked Oregon to send the contest to overtime, while he hauled in the Cardinal's game-winning touchdowns against both No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State. - Stanford football

11/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Stanford's offense has improved immeasurably since redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan became the starting quarterback. He has completed 73 percent of his passes, with eight touchdowns and three interceptions, and he has run for 162 yards, third on the team despite his limited playing time. He is 3-0 as a starter, all against ranked teams, and he adds several dimensions not present with Josh Nunes, most significantly the threat of running the option. TB Stepfan Taylor is averaging 113.7 yards a game, and the Cardinal probably has the best tight end tandem in the country with Levine Toilolo and Zach Ertz. Ertz leads the team by wide margin in both receptions (63) and receiving yardage (818) and also leads in touchdown catches (six). The Cardinal lacks reliable receiving threats on the outside, and it does not have big-play weapons. Hogan's one weakness is that he has not yet shown proficiency throwing the deep ball. - The Sports Xchange

11/30/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Zach Ertz has 63 catches, nearly twice the number of Stanford's No. 2 receiver, and his 818 receiving yards are more than twice the team's second-leading receiver in yardage. His six touchdown catches also lead the team. - The Sports Xchange

11/29/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM: TE Zach Ertz, Sr., Stanford...has been selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Ertz has led Stanford in receiving with tight end school records of 818 yards and 63 receptions, both best in the FBS among tight ends this season. In addition to pacing the Cardinal offense in receiving seven out of 12 games, Ertz has hauled in game-winning touchdowns against No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State, plus the game-tying score in the overtime win at No. 1 Oregon. He is a Mackey Award finalist for the nation's top collegiate tight end. - Stanford football

11/25/2012 - TE Zach Ertz had five receptions against UCLA, giving him 63 for the season. That's not quite twice as many as the Cardinal's No. 2 player in receptions, Stepfan Taylor, who has 32 catches. Ertz's 818 receiving yards are more than twice the yardage of anyone else on the team.

11/22/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 2. TE Zach Ertz, 6-6, 252, Stanford: Why he has the second spot: Ertz shot up 11 spots this week in CBSSports.com's player rankings, which should shock no one, considering the game he had in the Cardinal's upset of No. 1 Oregon. The Duck defense had no answer for Stanford's 6-6 tight end as Ertz hauled in 11 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Ertz's controversial 10-yard touchdown catch with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter is what eventually sent the game into overtime. Season stats (11 games): 58 receptions, 747 yards, six touchdowns.

Player ranking: Ertz is ranked 42nd overall and is the second-highest rated TE in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Ertz was 53rd overall last week. Up next: Ertz could have another big game Saturday as Stanford goes up against a UCLA pass defense that's ranked 10th in the Pac-12. The stakes for the Cardinal: If Stanford wins, it will host the Pac-12 championship game Nov. 30. If Stanford loses, Oregon could jump into the Pac-12 title game with a win over Oregon State. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

11/21/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S MOST OUTSTANDING TE): Zach Ertz (SR, Stanford)...Ertz leads Stanford in receiving this season with 58 receptions, which is tied for first among FBS tight ends. His team-high 747 yards rank second nationally for tight ends, while he has led Stanford in receiving in six of 11 games this season. The 6-foot-6 senior has six touchdowns on the year, including the game-winning scores against both No. 2 USC and No. 13 Oregon State. Ertz also caught the game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown last Saturday in the Cardinal's overtime win at No. 1 Oregon, capping four receptions and 53 yards on the dramatic drive.

Following his performance in Eugene, Ertz was today named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. His 71 yards and fourth-quarter touchdown against USC earned him John Mackey Tight End of the Week honors.

Ertz has caught 16 passes of 15-plus yards this season and four of 25-plus yards. His receptions have been responsible for 34 Stanford first downs. In the red zone, Ertz has been at his best with 10 receptions and five touchdowns in 2012. - Stanford football

11/20/2012 - 11/19/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 2. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford...In order for them to pull the upset, Stanford knew they'd have to score points on offense against Oregon. And with a freshman quarterback, that meant junior tight end Zach Ertz would be an integral part of the offense, the Cardinal go-to target. He answered the call with a career-best 11 catches for 106 yards, his third time passing the century mark this season. But where Ertz really shined was on the game-tying touchdown with under two minutes left in the game, making a contested catch in the back of the end zone while staying in-bounds.

The tight end position has a lot of value for football offenses, but even more so at Stanford, evidence by Ertz's team-best 58 receptions, 33 more catches than the team's top wide receiver. He is moves well for his size (6-6, 252) and does a great job using his body to shield defenders and his arms to extend and snatch the ball out of the air. Where Ertz really impresses NFL scouts is his willingness to help his teammates, whether it's his persistence to get open or his effort-blocking at all levels of the field. For most, including us here at NFLDraftScout, Tyler Eifert is the No. 1 draft-eligible tight end, but if he declares, Ertz won't be far behind. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/20/2012 - Week 12 Rewind: TD or Not, Stanford's Ertz Quite the Catch...Stanford junior tight end Zach Ertz entered Saturday night's huge win over No. 2 Oregon already highly regarded by talent evaluators. Blessed with a combination of size, athleticism and soft hands, he'd taken over for Indianapolis Colts' 2012 second round pick Coby Fleener as Stanford's primary pass-catcher with 47 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns. Fresh off of a career-high nine catch performance against then-No. 11 ranked Oregon State (which included a 13-yard touchdown), Ertz set a new personal high against the Ducks, hauling in 11 passes for 106 yards.

It was Ertz's final catch -- a juggling 10-yard touchdown that put Stanford in position to tie the game with just 1:40 left in regulation -- that will be remembered longest. The play came on first down and with the 6-6, 252 pound Ertz lined up wide opposite Oregon's star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a 5-10, 190 pound sophomore. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/20/2012 - Week 12 Rewind: Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan tossed up a fade into the back of the endzone and gave Ertz the space and ball location needed to use his height as an advantage. Ertz got both hands on the ball, but Ekpre-Olomu had slipped his hand between them and he ripped the ball free as the Stanford tight end tried to pull it into his frame. The ball hung for a split-second in the air before Ertz snatched it back as he rolled to the turf and out of the back of the endzone. He was initially ruled out of bounds. Replay, however, appeared to show his right shoulder hit the ground before he rolled out and therefore the play was overturned for a Cardinal touchdown.

Ertz demonstrated great body control and ball skills throughout this contest. Hogan consistently went to Ertz in critical situations and Oregon, despite playing man to man coverage often, was rarely able to stick with him. Ertz does not possess the 4.5 speed that made Fleener a second round pick a season ago but is also a more natural pass catcher than his former teammate.

He joins Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert and Florida's Jordan Reed as the trio of junior tight ends capable of injecting some playmaking ability into an otherwise relatively pedestrian class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford TE Zach Ertz, a senior from Alamo, Calif., hauled in a career-high 11 receptions for 106 yards and accounted for the game-tying touchdown in final two minutes of regulation in Stanford's 17-14 overtime victory over No. 1 Oregon. He caught four passes for 53 yards on Stanford's final drive of the fourth quarter, capping the series with a an acrobatic 10-yard touchdown reception in the back of the end zone that helped turn the tide in Stanford's favor. He also played a pivotal role in the Cardinal's rushing attack, blocking for a backfield that gained 200 yards on the ground. Ertz has 58 receptions -- tied for the Conference lead among tight ends-- for 747 yards on the season. His 747 receiving yards rank second among Pac-12 tight ends. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Taylor Kelly of ARIZONA STATE, Sean Mannion of OREGON STATE and Keith Price of WASHINGTON, running back Johnathan Franklin of UCLA and wide receiver Austin Hill of ARIZONA. - Pac-12 football

11/18/2012 - Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14 Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon 17-14, denying the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their straight shot at the BCS championship game. If both Stanford and Oregon finish with wins in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship game for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.

Stanford (9-2, 7-1) will visit No. 17 UCLA, which defeated No. 21 USC 38-28 earlier in the day to claim the Pac-12 South. Oregon (10-1, 7-1) will play rival Oregon State in the annual Civil War rivalry game in Corvallis. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks, which was longest current streak in the nation. It was Stanford's fifth straight win. Oregon's loss, coupled with Kansas State's - they were also the top two teams in the BCS standings - means Notre Dame is now the lone unbeaten team in the race for the BCS title game. - AP Sports

11/18/2012 - TE Zach Ertz had 11 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown against Oregon, and he leads the team in receptions with 58 (twice as many as the team's No. 2 receiver), receiving yardage with 747 (370 yards more than anyone else on the team) and in touchdown catches with six.

11/14/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 2. TE Zach Ertz, 6-6, 252, Stanford: Why he has the second spot: Stanford had a new starting quarterback Saturday, but that didn't stop Ertz from tallying his highest reception total of the season. With Kevin Hogan under center instead of Josh Nunes, Ertz caught nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinal's 27-23 win over Oregon State. Season stats (10 games): 47 receptions, 641 yards, 5 touchdowns. Player ranking: Ertz is ranked 53rd overall and is the second-highest rated TE in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Stanford may need more than nine catches and 75 yards from Ertz on Saturday when the Cardinal travel to Oregon. The Ducks have a banged-up defense, which bodes well for Ertz, who could be a major matchup problem for Oregon. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

10/22/2012 - Playing its archrival helped No. 20 Stanford solve its road problems, as the Cardinal rolled to a 21-3 victory over Cal in the Big Game on Saturday at Cal's Memorial Stadium. The Cardinal (5-2, 3-1 in the Pac-12) failed to score an offensive touchdown in its previous road games, losses to Washington and Notre Dame, but Stepfan Taylor rushed for a career-high 189 yards against Cal (3-5, 2-3), and the Cardinal collected three touchdowns in the first half. Although Stanford was shut out in the second half, its first-half production was enough for the Cardinal defense, which has performed well in all three road games. Cal's offense had been picking up momentum while winning its last two games, but the Bears were outgained, 475-217, by the Cardinal on Saturday. Cal managed only three yards on the ground, and was held to a season low in points. Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes was not spectacular while completing 16-of-31 passes for 214 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but he was better than he was in his previous two road games, when he completed fewer than half his passes both times. Tight end Zach Ertz of Stanford had six catches for a career-high 134.yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2012 - TE Zach Ertz had a career-high 10 catches for a career-high 106 receiving yards against Washington. His previous career highs were five catches and 78 yards. Ertz leads the team by a wide margin in receiving yardage with 252.

09/27/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Cardinal offense has been efficient, but it has not been nearly as explosive as it was last season. Stanford has run the ball fairly well, especially late in games, but it has not been as dominant on the ground as the Cardinal had hoped or expected. Stepfan Taylor has been a workhorse, averaging 102.3 yards per game and 5.0 yards per carry on 22.3 carries per game. He averaged 18.6 carries last season. He figures to get more work against Washington with the Huskies' suspect run defense and the expected absence of backup tailback Anthony Wilkerson. QB Josh Nunes has avoided major mistakes, but he has completed just 53.4 percent of his passes, and the Cardinal has not been efficient on third down or in the red zone. Big plays out of the passing game have been rare. PLAYERS TO WATCH: TEs Levin Toilolo/Zach Ertz -- They have combined for 16 receptions, 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns. They have been the Cardinal's most reliable receivers, especially on third down. - The Sports Xchange

09/20/2012 - Senior tight end Zach Ertz was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The 6'6" Cardinal caught three passes for 71 yards in Saturday's 21-14 victory over USC. Ertz also scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 37-yard catch-and run that finished with a dive into the end zone. With the lead in Stanford's favor for the first time all game, Ertz also was instrumental run-blocking on the subsequent drive that sealed victory and ate six minutes of fourth-quarter game clock. Last year, Coby Fleener for Stanford was a recipient of the John Mackey Tight End of the Week honor on Oct. 19, 2011. - Stanford football

09/16/2012 - TE Zach Ertz had three catches for 71 yards against USC, and his 146 receiving yards for the season lead the team.

09/08/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Cardinal offense looked great on its first two possessions against San Jose State, using the power running game to good effect in scoring two early touchdowns. But after that, the Cardinal offense did little. TB Stepfan Taylor was expected to be the team's star, and he did have 116 yards rushing. But more than half of those came on the Cardinal's opening drive, and San Jose State does not have a great rushing defense. QB Josh Nunes also started well, completing five of his first six passes. But he was just 4-for-10 in the second half, and he did not complete a pass longer than 14 yards. The offensive line did not dominate the game as expected, and the Cardinal was stopped on several short-yardage situations. WR Ty Montgomery is expected to be the team's big-play receiver, and he did have five catches. But he also dropped a potential touchdown pass. PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Zach Ertz had just four catches, but almost all of them were spectacular. He figures to be a prime target in this game and games to come. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2012 - Zach Ertz made a remarkable one-handed catch in the fourth quarter. It was originally ruled incomplete but was changed to a completion after review. He had four catches for 26 yards.

07/24/2012 - Top-five Stanford prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: TE Zach Ertz...With all due respect to Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, in the eyes of NFL scouts, Toilolo and Ertz may be ranked 1A and 1B when it comes to gauging the top 2014 tight end prospects in the country. Therefore, being characterized as Stanford's fourth best prospect is more of a reflection of the talent in Palo Alto than a knock on the sure-handed Ertz, who could join his former teammate Fleener as a top 50 selection in the NFL draft despite not necessarily being the top prospect at his position on his own collegiate team. Like Fleener and Toilolo, Ertz is an absolute mismatch at an estimated 6-6, 250 pounds. Ertz began the 2011 season on a tear, catching touchdown passes in each of the team's first three games, which extended his streak of six consecutive games with a score going back to the 2010 campaign. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee sprain covering the opening kickoff against USC last year, which put a damper on what could have been a spectacular redshirt sophomore season. At the time of his injury Ertz had caught 22 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns -- numbers that ranked higher than Toilolo's despite the fact that Ertz largely came off the bench in 2011 (three starts in ten games). Ertz, like Toilolo, does not boast the same straight-line speed that made Fleener such a big play specialist for the Cardinal but he shows good quickness out of his breaks and is a reliable hands-catcher. He's not as consistent an in-line blocker at this point as Toilolo but is better in this regard than Fleener. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


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