Zach Sieler (#96) played defensive end for Ferris State University. Sieler attended Pinckney High School in Pinckney, Michigan. Sieler not only played football in high school but was also a member of both the track team and the wrestling team. Sieler was named Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2013. Sieler was also a team captain on the football team and earned All-Conference Honoree. Seiler also advanced to the state wrestling championships.
Sieler had a very successful career playing at Ferris State University. Seiler was redshirted his freshman season in 2013. Saw an increase in playing time in 2014, helped add depth and played in 11 games. Sieler recorded 17 total tackles, 8 solo tackles along with 7.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. His sophomore season, Sieler saw an increase in action when he recorded 80 total tackles in 15 games. Sieler ranked among the top in the nation with 29.5 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. Siler also forced 5 fumbles and recovered 2 fumbles while also earning All-GLIAC first team honors and earned GLIAC Defensive lineman of the Year honors. Sieler decided to enter the NFL Draft after his Junior season at Ferris State. During his junior year, Sieler recorded 79 total tackles in 13 games, 7 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Sieler reflected on his experience at Ferris State by saying “It was an amazing 5 years the guys I met and the coaching staff were all amazing, I felt right at home at Ferris and couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”
Sieler talked about his toughest matchup while playing at Ferris State and mentioned that his games against Grand Valley or Ashland his final year. Sieler mentioned that “they’re both always great football programs so going against them this year as well we as a defense and myself had to make sure we were as mentally focused as possible because they will capitalize on our mistakes as well as watching a lot of film on their offensive line to try and find strengths and weaknesses.” Against Ashland, Sieler had 5 total tackles, .5 sack, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 pass breakup. Sieler had 5 total tackles and a block against Grand Valley.
Sieler is currently preparing to participate in the University of Michigan’s pro day. As Sieler is focusing on competing in all aspects of the pro day to impress NFL Scouts one final time prior to the draft, Sieler looks to direct his focus to improve upon his speed and explosiveness. When asking Sieler about his main focus as he prepares he said “ I’m looking to improve my quickness/explosiveness as well as hips.” Sieler will look to wow scouts when he competes in the 40 yard dash as well has the shuttle run and 3 cone drill. Sieler has proven to be able to shed the block and draw pressure to the quarterback throughout the game. Sieler will be a viable threat coming off the edge for any team that takes him during the draft come April.