2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LB Zack Baun, New Orleans Saints


The New Orleans Saints have selected Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun with the 74th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Here's what you need to know about Baun:

Measurables: 6’2”/238

School: Wisconsin

2019 Stats: 76 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 19.5 TFL, 2 FF, INT

Accolades: 2019 Butkus Award finalist, 2019 FWAA First-Team All-America, 2019 AP Second-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten


• Explosive first step
• Quick lateral movement gives him good sideline-to-sideline range
• Versatility - can disrupt the run, rush the passer and can cover RBs and TEs in space


• Lacks desirable length to be pure edge rusher in NFL
• Tendency to lose football on RPOs and misdirections
• Room for improvement on pass-rushing moves; tends to rely on athleticism over skill

"His versatility to be a guy who can play outside as a pass rusher. He can be inside in your base. Pass rush situations, third down situations, he can be on the outside. He gives you that. He’s got a great attitude, great approach. He hustles. He’s a team guy, a great attitude. Players love him. I think he would be a great pick in that late first-round area." - Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN


Player Comparison: Kyle Van Noy

It’s easy to see the similarities in Baun and Van Noy: both are about the same size (Van Noy a little bigger), were great pass rushers in college and are best utilized for their versatility. Many are skeptical if Baun can become a true pass rusher at the next level, but if used in the right scheme, like Van Noy, he can be a disruptive linebacker who can have an impact on the game in various different ways.

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