Andy Isabella

Massachusetts
WR

Prospect Info

College
Massachusetts
Hometown
Class
Mayfield, OH
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 9"
188 lbs
29 3/4”
Hands
8 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.57
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 2 ‧ Pick 30
40 Yard Dash
4.31u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.15
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Isabella's small stature kept him off the recruiting radar despite his success as a running back in Mayfield, Ohio. He was also a track star, winning the 100-meter dash at the state track meet as a senior and running a national-best 6.72 seconds in the 60-meter dash (he defeated Denzel Ward in the 100 and 200 events). His only FBS offer came from UMass, and he was primarily a special teams contributor as a true freshman, starting one of 10 games, catching just two passes for 7 yards, and returning kickoffs (17-315-18.5). Coaches got smart and put him in the starting lineup 10 times in 12 games in 2016, and he flourished (62-801-12.9, seven TD). Isabella became an even bigger threat as a junior, starting all 12 games and covering 1,020 yards and scoring 10 times on 65 receptions. He also contributed as a returner (5-114-22.8 on kickoffs, 2-22-11.0 on punts). If NFL scouts weren't interested in his game at that point, his senior season probably changed their minds. The Biletnikoff Award finalist as the nation's top receiver and second-team AP All-American led the FBS with 141.5 receiving yards per game (1,698, 16.7 per catch) and ranked near the top with 102 receptions and 13 touchdowns in 12 starts. Isabella also contributed as a rusher on occasion (11-79-7.2, one TD) and punt returner (7-55-7.9).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Phillip Dorsett
Overview
Competitive, well-rounded receiver possessing both elite quickness and long speed to go with solid play strength. Isabella has the feet and fakes to uncover in a hallway closet, and the former high school sprint champion proved to Georgia that his ability to win deep should not be underestimated. Isabella could become a menace on option routes with the ability to add vertical routes from the slot, but he must improve his pass-catching consistency and smoothness into his breaks in order to transition all that speed to the NFL.
Strengths
  • Fearless competitor packaged in short but compact frame
  • Rapid turnover for early access to blazing top gear
  • Much more than just a short-area possession target
  • Formidable deep threat with ability to climb past coverage
  • Sudden anchor drop on intermediate patterns leaves corners on skates looking for brakes
  • Routes feature sharp, leveraged angles at a relentless pace
  • Early to re-accelerate after fakes, breaks and cuts
  • Elite short-area separation juice to open passing windows
  • Unscripted dashes to open areas when quarterback leaves the pocket
  • Creates after catch with play strength and elusiveness
  • Clever change-of-pace tactics stall tacklers and open the corner
  • Gashed Georgia defenders with 15 catches for 219 yards and 2 TDs
  • Offers added value as punt returner.
Weaknesses
  • Restricted escape angles against press could offer challenge
  • Not much experience against corners with NFL speed and strength
  • Can be shoved off the route path by solid contact
  • Obvious catch-radius limitations due to size
  • Chronic body catcher
  • Rolling starts lead to excessive false-start penalties

News

The Debrief

Winners and losers from Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft

Five best value picks from Day 2: Bears nail Montgomery selection

Winners and losers from Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft: The five best value picks of Round 1

GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league