2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Olamide Zaccheaus
Position: Running Back
School: The University of Virginia
Weight: 190 pounds
Round Projection: 5-7
Despite his smallish frame, Zaccheaus will compete in the backfield. At Virginia, he carried the ball 78 times. Not mention, his versatility, splits him into the slot or in motion. With the ball, Zaccheaus bolts upfield immediately. Using choppy strides in traffic to navigate, then slightly longer fluid ones yards pile up. Meanwhile, he will shake weak arm tackles with either a swat of the hand or a swipe to disengage.
Outside of pure speed, Zaccheaus’ game deals heavily in quick. With this in mind, either look at how he attacks the slot or back field. He will dart into dense areas and emerge unscathed and virtually untouched. The various videos show him as running relatively near of the defender before changes direction. As a result, the opponent cannot recover fast enough to make a legitimate play.
As mentioned, Zaccheaus is a threat to take the play the distance on every single snap. Yet, he will also run between the tackles. In the open field, he quickly gets to fourth gear and exploded past the secondary. Additionally, on pass routes, his explosion registers the same effect.
If there is a drawback to Zaccheaus, his small catch radius makes the quarterback force the ball into a smaller window. However, the hands do stand out. Making grabs from veracious arm angles and location did not affect this prospect.
While the athletic traits make him a threat, Zaccheaus’ ability to let the play develop will help whatever team that selects him. If the play calls for a guard to pull and provide a lane, the prospect will wait the accelerate. Instead of running up the back, he will work within the construct of the office.
With an inventive playcaller, Zaccheaus often found himself in one-on-one matchup. Yet, if a corner stayed in front, he has broken off that route or takes the ball over the top. However, a good WR coach will need to teach the selling of a double move. With his speed, the prospect should keep the threat of the quicker pattern necessary.
Versus the Broncos, Jalen Richard scored his first touchdown of the year. Granted, the running game, due to spotty offensive line play, struggled mightily. Meanwhile, Zaccheaus gives the Raiders a three-dimensional threat. First, he can win in the slot, pressuring the weak corner. Next, from the slot, he could excel out of the jet sweep. Lastly, with screens or draw plays, Zaccheaus presents the Raiders with a homerun back/slot, capable of changing the game.