by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Georgia Bulldogs.
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Today’s Spotlight - Georgia, Defensive Line, Zion Logue
Name- Zion Logue
Pos- Defensive Line
HT/WT- 6’5” 310 lbs.
Home – Lebanon, TN
Zion Logue was a four-star prospect for Lebanon High School and was rated as the #20 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com. During his senior season, he collected 57 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble and announced that he was committing to the University of Georgia.
Logue took a redshirt in 2019 after playing in just parts of 2 games. In 2020, Logue was behind Jordan Davis on the depth chart but was still able to carve out a little more playing time than he did in 2019. He played in the last 5 games of the season and tallied 8 tackles, with 1 TFL.
The 2021 season was pretty much the same, and he played in all 15 games in a reserve role behind Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter. He finished the season with 11 tackles and his first collegiate sack. Logue saw his playing time increase in 2022 when he played in 14 games, including 6 starts for the Bulldogs. On the season, he recorded 16 tackles and 1 forced fumble.
In 2023, Logue started 10 of the 13 games he played in. Though he only had 17 tackles and 0.5 sacks, he did an effective job of taking on combo blocks and freed up space for the Georgia linebackers to make plays.
Logue has a nice combination of speed and power and uses both in unison when firing off the ball. He gets leverage with his reach and can anchor down against combo blocks and not give up any ground. He uses his hands effectively and does an excellent job of shedding blockers while moving toward the ball. His best asset is his ability to anchor down and take a blocker or two on without being moved. Logue will not fill up a boxscore with his own stats, but his play is partly responsible for the numbers that the linebackers put up. He uses his lower body well when driving opponents backwards, and never stops moving his legs throughout the play.
On the downside, Zion Logue is raw. Though he is a 5th year senior, his playing time has been limited up until 2023. He will have to impress during the combine and/or senior bowls to make up for his “lack of tape". Though he does a good job of filling gaps, his lack of tackling mechanics does him no good. He grabs at players and tries to pull them down instead of wrapping them up securely. At times, he loses sight of the ball carrier and battles with his head down, which will need to be improved. He lacks the closing speed when chasing the quarterback and projects to be a 2-down lineman.
Logue’s style of play is reminiscent of Grover Stewart who plays for the Indianapolis Colts. Stewart was selected in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft and has been a solid defensive tackle over the past 7 seasons. Stewart won’t wow in the box score but does what is needed to be a space eater and help out his linebackers. Stewart’s career high in sacks is only 4, but he has the ability to put some pressure on the quarterback from time to time. Logue’s ceiling is what Grover Stewart has become in the NFL. Teams will look at Logue for depth at first and see if he can grow into a starting position.
Zion Logue is going to be a prospect a team must have some patience with. He is raw, but on the other hand, he got to play behind a couple of future pro bowl defensive tackles at Georgia. His ability to obtain leverage on offensive linemen and jam up running lanes is reason enough to give Logue a look in this draft.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 5th round or 6th round