TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia*

6’3” – 244 lbs. – 4.91
Started five of thirteen games played as a freshman, going 29-361-3, then started nine games the following year, catching 9-114-2. Enjoyed his best season as a junior (30-430-3), then decided to declare for the draft. A little bit smaller than you’d like at the tight end position, with arms which measured under 32” in Indianapolis. Took snaps all over the formation for the Bulldogs; was often lined up as an inline tight end and (less often) as an H-Back, but would also play out of the slot on passing downs. Gives very good effort as a blocker, working to sustain through the whistle and down the field. At his best when he’s working as a stalk blocker. Is able to get out in space and frame up opposing linebackers or defensive backs. Demonstrates good arm extension and effective hand placement, and keeps his legs churning after contact to generate push. Understands positioning and does a good job of walling off opponents as an inline blocker in the run game. Lacks length but plays within his frame and generally avoids overextending; can sometimes struggle to lock on. Tended not to be retained in pass protection, being most commonly set out on routes. Ran poorly at the Combine this year but looks faster than that on tape, if a little bit linear. Disguises his intentions pretty well at the snap and can make his pass routes look similar to his run-blocking. Made a variety of different releases and has the straight-line speed to challenge linebackers down the seams. Can get inside position and use his body to shield defenders from the ball. Also does a lot of work underneath, making himself available as a safety valve, or as a target when the play breaks down. Doesn’t have the widest radius and made a focus drop against Louisiana St. during the games reviewed but otherwise looked like a pretty reliable receiver. Looks comfortable catching away from his frame with proper technique. One of the most productive tight ends in the SEC this past season, he combines enough speed to get down the seam with a pretty reliable pair of hands and good competitiveness as a blocker in the run game. Being an undersized tight end with below-average length who also ran poorly during the pre-draft process, may slip further than his tape would suggest.

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