2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Chandler Zavala, OL, Fairmont State
Chandler Zavala is a big boy that has been a huge asset to the Falcons offensive line. He was not always considered a big time prospect though.
As a junior in high school, Chandler signed up for high school. That year the 6040 lineman suffered several minor injuries really ruining his chances of getting great film. That would change his senior year though. The senior at Forest Park in his second real year of football started every game at right tackle and a VMI came looking at Zavala. They offered him a preferred walk-on deal, but a Division 2 school offered him a full ride. That Division 2 school was Fairmont State and boy was it a great decision.
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Zavala is a massive kid, he has blossomed to one of the better offensive lineman in D2. As a true freshman Chandler played in three games on the offensive line.
It was not until his senior year that the former right tackle would find a home on the offensive line for the Falcons. The 6040, 320 pound Zavala would start every game at left guard for Fairmont State earning First Team honors as a true-sophomore. He was the first offensive lineman to receive All-American honors since Jim Young in 1994.
Last year, Zavala once again landed on the first team All-MEC list. He has truly become one of the best offensive lineman in the MEC and Division 2.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
We are always looking to find offensive lineman with a mean streak. It is fun to find players that love the game and are willing to put their bodies on the line to free a running back or prevent a sack. Chandler Zavala is one of those players. He is by far one of the best Division 2 offensive linemen and a 2 time All-Conference player. Keep an eye on him in the 2021 NFL Draft because his name has an up arrow next to it. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner