BIOGRAPHY: Full-time starter the past two years after seeing action with the first team as a sophomore. Senior-year totals included 29 tackles after 67/2/6 the previous year. Born deaf, but reads sign language and uses an interpreter.
POSITIVES: Strong, physical safety who.s at his best defending the run. Quick up the field, easily defeats blocks, and likes to get involved in the action. Wraps up when tackling and brings opponents down on initial contact. Looks imposing in the secondary.
NEGATIVES: Struggles staying with opponents out of their breaks, has a marginal burst to the action, and slow to react.
ANALYSIS: Van Zant is a competitive and hard-working prospect who.s overcome a lot to get where he is. He played cornerback in college, but he is better off inside at a traditional strong safety position in the NFL.