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Greg Isdaner  

Height: 6-4   Weight: 325   Age: 30

Born: 2/25/1987 Havertown , PA

College: West Virginia

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Draft 2009

Pick Analysis: It is rare to see an underclass offensive lineman declare for the NFL Draft, as many feel they need the four years in college to learn the blocking techniques and let their body mature, but Isdaner is one of those rare breeds. After starting 37 of 39 games during his career and graduating after just three-and-a-half years, the unquestioned leader of the Mountaineers' front wall feels he is ready to tackle the professional ranks.

A big, physical lineman who takes advantage of his strength, Isdaner is also a highly intelligent athlete, having garnered WVU Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll accolades. Academic success is nothing new for the West Virginia left offensive guard, as he attended The Episcopal Academy, a prep academic factory that develops Ivy Leaguers much like the Mountaineer program manufactures professional football players.

During his prep days, Isdaner was a three-year starter on the offensive line and at defensive tackle. He earned first-team All-Conference and All-Main Line honors, in addition to being named third-team All-State as a senior. The two-time first-team All-City selection also lettered in basketball and lacrosse, adding first-team All-Conference and second-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania recognition from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 2005, Isdaner surprised his parents when he decided to enroll at West Virginia rather than attend an Ivy League school. He spent his first season in the Mountaineers program performing on the scout team. In 2006, he took over left guard duties, grading 87.67 percent, as the team ranked fifth in the nation in total offense (461.38 ypg) and second in rushing (303.0 ypg). He delivered 52 key blocks, including 21 knockdowns for the season, despite suffering a shoulder stinger vs. South Florida in the 11th contest, an injury that would require surgery after the season.

In 1007, Isdaner was a member of College Football News' Sophomore All-America team and ESPN's All-Bowl team. The first-team All-Big East Conference pick started all year at left guard, He posted 32 knockdowns among his 82 key blocks that included 13 touchdown-resulting blocks. That helped WVU rank third in the nation in rushing (297.23 ypg), as the offensive line allowed just one sack per game, the fifth lowest figure in the major college ranks.

Isdaner sat out spring drills for the second straight year in 2008, recovering from another surgical procedure on his shoulder. He went on to start 12 of 13 games during his junior season, as a concussion suffered prior to the Louisville clash would end his consecutive starts string at 34 games. He received ESPN first-team All-American honors and was a member of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy Award watch lists. He produced 80 key blocks, including 32 knockdowns and his drive blocking helped the team average 209.92 yards per game on the ground, the 15th-best total in the nation.