6’1” – 204 lbs. – 4.55e
2010: 74 – 4.0 – 0.0, 1 FR, 3 PD, 3 INT
2011: 58 – 1.0 – 0.0, 5 PD, 2 INT
2012: 50 – 3.0 – 0.0, 2 PD, 5 INT
Started twelve games as a true freshman, earning All-Big 12 Second Team recognition. Started all thirteen games the following year, then was named to the All-Big 12 First Team following his junior campaign.
• A productive four-year starter who has been starting since his true freshman year.
• Overall size and bulk are above-average for a professional free safety prospect.
• Runs well, isn’t an elite athlete but possesses sufficient speed for most situations.
• Usually assumes more of a center-fielder role but has also worked in the slot regularly.
• Closes well on ballcarriers in a short area, also undercuts routes effectively vs. the pass.
• Has soft hands, intercepting multiple passes in each of his four seasons at Kansas St.
• Takes sound angles in pursuit rather than getting greedy and letting runners get by him.
• Generally able to tackle receivers shortly after the catch, limiting additional yardage.
• Uses technique when possible, doesn’t forget to wrap when given a chance to hit.
• May have been most productive as a freshman, never really escalated his output.
• Has benefited from some fortunate circumstances, inflating his statistical production.
• Wasn’t really asked to do too much man coverage, even when lined up in the slot.
• Occasionally a bit late to read and react in zone coverage, susceptible to quick routes.
• Sometimes runs himself out of position, then relies on low-percentage arm tackles.
• Upside is probably limited after having already spent four seasons in the starting lineup.
• Generally durable but has had some minor injuries which must be evaluated further.
A player with the size, athleticism, and experience to interest teams late on the draft’s second day or early on the third day, Zimmerman is a reliable, well-rounded free safety prospect who offers teams a relatively known quantity after having spent the past four seasons starting for the Wildcats. While he’s probably not someone ideally suited to lining up in man coverage, he can usually put himself in position to make a play and, from time to time, even ends up making tackles he probably shouldn’t. Zimmerman’s production was somewhat inflated due to some poor decisions by opposing players, as well as to some luck, but teams seeking some peace of mind may prefer him to some of the high-risk, high-reward safeties in the class. Developmental reserve who possesses the potential to develop into a decent if unspectacular starter.