Ryan Izzo

Florida St.
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Prospect Info

College
Florida St.
Hometown
Class
Highland Lakes, NJ
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
256 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.35
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New England
Patriots
Round 7 ‧ Pick 32
40 Yard Dash
4.94
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
110.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.43
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.15
Seconds
 
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Former FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher snatched Izzo from New Jersey, where the likes of Wisconsin and Boston College were looking to ink the football and basketball star. After redshirting in 2014, Izzo started 11 of 13 games played the following fall (14 receptions, 210 yards, two touchdowns). Much of his sophomore campaign was spent making room for 2017 NFL Draft pick Dalvin Cook, but he was found 19 times for 227 yards in the passing game, scoring once. The Seminoles' passing game struggled in 2017 after Deondre Francois went down in the opener, so Izzo's statistics were not impressive for 13 starts (20 receptions, 317 yards, three touchdowns). But he had built strength on his tall, lean frame throughout his career in order to play in-line as well as make an impact in the passing game with reliable hands, good agility, and tough running.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Anthony Fasano
Overview
If you are looking for a flashy pass-catching tight end who can create matchup issues for the defense then keep on looking. If you want an in-line tight end who has good size and very good toughness and has experience as an active member of the run blocking unit, then Izzo should be on your board. Izzo has athletic limitations, but he has the willingness and talent to become a plus blocker at the point of attack and he's able to work the middle of the field. He should become a starter early in his career.
Strengths
  • Thickly-muscled with the size and demeanor of a Y-tight end
  • Plays with desired level of aggression at the point of attack
  • Gets into targets with good initial stroke behind his pads
  • Will ride on the tough blocks and is active in trying to re-establish leverage throughout the rep
  • Good adjustment in space as a blocker
  • Excellent lead blocking option on the move with some dog to him
  • Has feel for leverage in his routes and how to create space down the field
  • Sharp plant-and-turn allows for tight angles out of his breaks
  • Soft hands with natural attack of the ball away from his body when able
  • Aggressive runner after the catch
  • Gives as good as he gets
Weaknesses
  • False steps into routes from a stand-up position
  • Can be a little heavy into his routes
  • Lacks quickness and can't create much separation out of his breaks
  • Needs help uncovering through scheme and is more of a zone-beater than man-winner
  • Can be hung up and slowed in his routes by physical linebackers in man coverage
  • Agility is below average
  • Can do a better job of working back to the throw and making himself a more available target
  • Struggles to sink and save the low throws
  • Has been penalized 18 times during his three-year stint including eight holding and seven false start penalties
Sources Tell Us

"He brings it as a blocker. So many of these guys are really soft now and you have to cut through the clutter just to find out if they are tough enough since they aren't really asked to block that much anymore. Izzo is a real blocker." -- AFC Director of Scouting

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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