Isaac Nauta

Georgia

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
GA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
244 lbs
31 7/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.50
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 7 ‧ Pick 10
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.91u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
19
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
--
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.45
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.43
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.26
Seconds
 

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Nauta (pronounced NAW-tah) started his career with the Bulldogs with a bang, earning Freshman All-American honors from several media outlets after catching 29 passes for 361 yards (12.4 average) and three scores. This success was not surprising given Nauta's status as the top tight end prospect in the country coming out of Florida's IMG Academy (where he transferred for his senior year after winning three state titles at Buford High School in Georgia). His production dropped in his sophomore year, as he made only nine catches for 114 yards and one score (12.7 average) in 15 games (nine starts). Nauta bounced back as a junior, starting 13 of 14 games played and grabbing a career-high 30 receptions for 430 yards (14.3 average) and three touchdowns.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Lance Kendricks
Overview
With his play speed, ability to maintain separation and ready-steady hands, Nauta fits the mold of a "matchup tight end" with the ability to factor in on all three levels. He doesn't need scheme help to uncover against man coverage and has potential to become a solid move blocker to help elevate the perimeter run game. He's on the smaller side which could work against him, but he has enough athletic ability and pass-catching talent to outplay his draft slotting.
Strengths
  • Runs well and plays fast Subtle speed alterations inside his routes Accelerates through the turn to gain space on defender Quick to find coverage gap between linebackers and safeties Has the ability to stress safeties Won’t gear down when locating the football Hands catcher with soft, supportive mitts Catches away from his body Runs away from linebackers when he catches in stride Makes necessary adjustments as blocker in space Hustles to cut-off blocks on second and third levels
Weaknesses
  • Long, lean legs carry his frame
  • Not as natural knee bender at point of attack
  • His attack is too upright and lacks proper leverage
  • Needs better physicality at the top of the route in the league
  • Has to learn to reset his hands for better block sustain
  • Tasked with basic routes populated by speed outs
  • Won't shake many tackles after the catch.
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