Isaiah Buggs

Alabama
DT

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Ruston, LA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
306 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.39
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Round 6 ‧ Pick 20
40 Yard Dash
5.15u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
24.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
96.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.01
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.83
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Buggs excelled on the high school football field with 102 tackles, 19 for loss in his final season. However, he was over-aged coming into high school, losing a year of eligibility. He did not earn enough high school credits for NCAA eligibility, so he attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for two seasons. Buggs made an impact as a freshman there (59 tackles, eight for loss, four sacks) and was considered the top junior college recruit in the country after the 2016 season (75 tackles, 10 for loss, 3.5 sacks). Nick Saban brought "Big Pooh" into the fold in 2017, when he started all 13 games and compiled 51 tackles, four for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He started all 15 games of his senior season, leading the Tide with 9.5 sacks among his 51 total tackles, 13.5 for loss. He also had three pass breakups and two forced fumbles on the year.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Tyson Alualu
Overview
Base end in college who will be moving to defensive tackle on a full-time basis in the pros. Buggs has the body type, play strength and quickness to make a full-time transition inside as a one- or two-gapper, but he needs to play with more consistent resolve. He has some talent to win quickly as a rusher, but his testing numbers in quickness and explosiveness have been very poor and will likely cause him to drop.
Strengths
  • Compact, powerful build and broad through waist and hips
  • Fires out of his stance with short, quick steps
  • Quick to find the neutral zone first
  • Has bend to sink and root up under blocker's pads at point of attack
  • Natural ability to drop weight and create some anchor
  • lower-body strength and leverage allow for sharp pivots under guard's edge
  • Early upfield explosiveness fits interior model
  • Lateral quickness to beat blockers to the spot
  • Marginal foot quickness on edge becomes above-average inside
  • Smooth on the move as twisting rusher
  • Has some reps as shade nose tackle under his belt
Weaknesses
  • Short arms do him no favors
  • Loses frame to long-armed tackles
  • Can struggle to maintain his early control at the point
  • Lacks flexibility and lateral twitch for short-area tackle success
  • Needs to refine hand work for potential move to interior
  • Can be a little stiff-kneed at point of attack
  • Fatigue causes his motor to sputter
  • Secondary effort can be hit or miss

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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