2022 NFL Draft Profile: San Jose State OT Jack Snyder
The Spartans offensive tackle was integral to SJSU’s rise. What does he bring to the NFL that could help bolster a pro offense?
A potential gem in an evolving NFL.
It takes a team effort to climb to the top of the mountain in college football, though some contributions are harder to see than others. The havoc you didn’t see during the San Jose State Spartans’ improbable run to a Mountain West championship in 2020 was due in no small part to athletes like offensive tackle Jack Snyder, who grew with the rest of the team over four years as a starter.
Now that he’s no longer a mainstay in the South Bay, however, the question now is whether Snyder has shown enough to continue his football journey into the National Football League.
Measurables (taken from SI.com and DraftScout.com)
Height – 6′ and 4 5/8″
Weight – 313 pounds
40-yard time – 5.15 seconds
10-yard split time – 1.75 seconds
Arm length – 31 1/8″
Hand size – 9 3/4″
Wingspan – 77 7/8″
Vertical jump – N/A
Broad jump – 9′ and 1″ (or 109″)
Shuttle time – 4.58 seconds
3-cone drill time – 7.7 seconds
Bench press – 25 reps
There are few, if any, offensive line prospects who enter the NFL Draft with more college reps under his belt than Snyder, who finished his San Jose State career with a whopping 52 starts (and 57 total games). In that time, he improved year after year at least according to Pro Football Focus, peaked in 2020 after leading all Mountain West tackles in run blocking and pass blocking, accruing a 90.9 overall grade that was tied for the fourth-best figure of any Group of 5 athlete.
In particular, Snyder has stood out in pass protection, possessing the requisite balance and quickness to defend outside against edge rushers. Here, you can see him (#55 in blue) matched up on three straight plays with San Diego State’s Keshawn Banks (#2 in white):
After spending so much time anchoring the blind side for Josh Love, Nick Starkel and Nick Nash, will Snyder actually play tackle at the next level? Unliike many of this year’s top prospects at the position, he has only average length and may be better suited to playing at guard (which is where a good number of draft analysts have him slotted).
Additionally, for as polished as he has looked in pass blocking, there’s still work to be done when it comes to opening lanes for the run game. NFL Draft Buzz, for instance, points to “[punching] at smaller defenders instead of latching on” and “[getting] too upright” as areas of improvement. And as with many other athletes who returned for a super senior season in 2021, age is likely to be a factor for Snyder, as well.
It’s not really his fault, but Snyder’s draft stock seems likely to suffer as a just-fine prospect in a class flush with high-end offensive line talent. Without any top-flight tools to hang his hat on, it may depend on whether teams see value in developing him as a depth piece and, as a result, Snyder’s most likely fate is to sign somewhere as an undrafted free agent and prove his worth.