WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech*

6’1” – 194 lbs. – 4.61

Highly-productive three-year starter who decided to forego his senior season in order to declare for the draft. Tall receiver with good length (arms measured 32 5/8” at the Combine); looks the part of a pro wideout. Takes snaps on both sides of the formation, usually outside but also takes the rare snap from the slot as well; projects as a split end at the pro level. Has a pretty traditional, diverse route tree, running a lot of patterns down the sidelines such as back-shoulder throws, along with go routes, comebacks, outs and ins, slants, fades, and tunnel screens; work over the middle of the field is limited, however, and may remain so at the pro level given his somewhat thin frame. Able to use his hands and footwork to release at the line of scrimmage against press-man coverage. Uses good footwork at his route stem to compensate for his lack of elite top-end speed. Doesn’t look like a major threat downfield; might struggle to run past defensive backs at the pro level. However, did get targeted down the sidelines a lot at the college level, essentially being trusted to win 50-50 throws in coverage. Basketball background is evident in his game. Has the leaping ability and length to climb the ladder and come away with passes over opposing defensive backs; has the body control to adjust to balls placed behind him and could be a factor on back-shoulder throws. Flexible player who offers a wide radius and flashes the ability to secure passes away from his frame. Good awareness, body control, and footwork near the sidelines. Not a completely natural hands catcher, probably more effective at putting himself in position to make a catch than he is a reliable bet to make tough grabs in coverage. Has a tendency to bobble and double-catch passes. Gives good effort as a blocker, with the leg drive after contact to create some movement; also often serves in a decoy role. Has some physical and athletic gifts but looks like a low-percentage option because his lack of speed may prevent him from separating consistently and because he is not a very natural receiver, especially when making contested catches in coverage. Size, length, route-running skills, body control, and flexibility are impressive enough to make him a potential starter, especially in a timing-based offense where he’d be able to work with a quarterback willing to give his receivers a chance to make a play on the ball in tight coverage.

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