WR Andy Isabella, Massachusetts

5’9” – 188 lbs. – 4.31
Played sparingly over ten games as a freshman and has been starting ever since. Went 62-801-7 as a sophomore, 65-1,020-10 as a junior, and 102-1,698-13 as a senior, finishing as a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Undersized receiver who took snaps both inside and outside, but who projects as more of a slot option at the next level. Highly productive three-year starter who was fed the ball throughout games. Best trait is his quickness; able to get fast releases at the line of scrimmage against press coverage, get up to speed quickly, and snap off routes to create opportunities underneath. Runs a wide variety of routes, primarily in the shorter areas of the field, as his top-end speed may be somewhat inadequate to threaten opponents down the field when facing man coverage. Willing to work the middle of the field and absorb hits from opposing linebackers and safeties. Does a good job of working back to the ball instead of letting it come to him. Offers reliable hands to secure the catch, including through contact; high-percentage receiver within his radius. Doesn’t waste time getting vertical once he has the ball in his hands. A very elusive player in the open field, with impressive suddenness to make defenders miss and pick up yards after the catch; the team often fed him the ball on tunnel screens and other shorter patterns designed to get him into space, as well as handing him some jet sweeps. Good vision to find lanes in congested areas in the screen game. When targeted downfield, does a good job of tracking the ball over his shoulder. However, will sometimes run himself into coverage against zone and could develop a better feel for finding soft spots. Doesn’t use his arms as well as he should when blocking; willing to get physical but lets opponents shed him too easily, failing to sustain blocks through the whistle. The sort of trustworthy slot receiver that can provide a quarterback with high-percentage throws underneath, but who might not offer as much down the field or in the blocking game. A very good route-runner who catches the passes he should and does a good job of fighting for additional yards, but who still needs to improve his feel for zone coverage. Blazing 40 time at the Combine may have solidified him as a second-day draft selection.

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