The 2021 NFL Draft Bible Publication

The 2021 NFL Draft Bible Publication

NFL Draft Profile: Adisa Isaac, Defensive End, Penn State Nittany Lions

NFL draft profile scouting report for Penn State defensive end, Adisa Isaac
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#20
Pos: DE
Ht: 6040
Wt: 244
DOB: 10/4/01
Eligible: 2022
Brooklyn, NY
Canarsie High School

Adisa Isaac
Penn State Nittany Lions


Pros:

Ezring: Raw athlete with exceptional tools. Isaac is an explosive athlete with impressive lateral movement skills, lateral burst, change of direction and straight-line speed. He is also flexible and fluid enough to bend the edge when attacking the outside track. The Penn State product has a great understanding of pad level and consistently reduces blockable surface area. He can also use jab steps, head fakes, and body language to force offensive linemen into false steps before capitalizing with his effortless burst. The threat he presents up the outside track opens up opportunities for him to knife inside. Isaac is effective when attacking an offensive lineman’s soft inside shoulder. While strength is not a key component of his game, Isaac uses leverage to maximize his power and length on long-arm moves or speed-to-power. In run defense, Isaac uses leverage and a wide base to anchor down in one-on-one situations. He has the upper body strength and flexibility to disengage. The young defensive end also has some experience in coverage. Isaac has been widely praised by teammates and coaches for his maturity and coachability. Although he is currently raw, he should take a massive step forward with his expected increase in playing time.

Dietz: Isaac operated as a 4-3 defensive end behind starters Jayson oweh and Shaka Toney for the Nittany Lions. He is an incredibly fluid athlete who covers a ton of ground and is a very long strider. Limited snaps but displayed the type of flexibility that is required for his position. Can dip and drive and take offensive linemen by surprise. Functional strength is very impressive for a lighter player. Rarely gets washed out of the play and the effort level is remarkable. Plays with a grand amount of leverage. Instincts against the run are superb. Heat-seeking missile when tasked with combing over to the inside and getting between the tackles to stop the play. Only scratching the surface of his potential as a pass-rusher.

Cons:

Ezring: Very little experience after sitting behind Shaka Toney and Jayson Oweh. Most of his problems stem from that lack of playing time. Isaac is too committed to his long-arm move and should develop a more varied pass-rush arsenal. He also must learn to recognize when offensive tackles overcommit to the outside track, as he currently misses too many opportunities to attack inside. While Isaac has flashed potential with his power moves, he is still developing that area of his game. Against the run, the rising junior is driven back off the ball against double teams. Isaac also struggles to read the mesh point and loses gap integrity as a result. Coaches say they hope he can add weight before next season.

Dietz: Technique is not close to being there yet. Has a very small arsenal of pass-rush moves - relies too much on bull-rushing his man. Hand usage is practically non-existent at this stage. While he does have his moments of body torsion or flexibility, he needs to be coached up more to avoid getting stiff and upright too quickly. Awareness could stand to improve. Gets stunned by zone blocks and pulling guards at times - needs to understand offensive schemes more.

Summary:

Ezring: Raw 4-3 defensive end with the mentality and traits to develop into a star sooner rather than later. Isaac has not gotten much playing time. As a result, he is still a work-in-progress. Nonetheless, he has the movement skills and flexibility to win up the outside and inside tracks. Moreover, his advanced understanding of leverage and pad level help him both melt through contact and manufacture power. He is already a fairly balanced defender - capable of playing the run or the pass. All the same, Isaac must continue to add nuances and variety to his game. Further, he is still learning to understand his own skillset and may take a massive step forward this year. While Isaac currently projects as a mid-level backup, he can become an upper-tier starter with additional coaching and experience. 

Dietz: Adisa Isaac is the next in line of Penn State defensive ends to be drafted high into the NFL. He doesn’t own any semblance of pass-rush moves and he needs to have the game slow down for him, but it’s tough to watch him and not immediately see the traits that lead you to think he’ll be a potential force in future. Stylistically, he is very similar to Jayson Oweh (his former teammate) in the sense that his pass-rushing is underdeveloped but the run support is outstanding. With Oweh and Toney off to the big leagues, it’s Isaac’s time to shine. He has a chance to be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Background:

Born in Brooklyn, New York on October 4th, 2001 to parents Lisa and Alex Isaac. Has two brothers, Kyle Wiltshire and Y’ashua Isaac, and a sister, Tadj Isaac. News stories say he was forced to grow up quickly, as his three siblings were born with developmental disorders. Volunteered at the Penn Wortman Center. A very accomplished high school athlete, Adisa Isaac was a four-time letterman and three-time captain at Canarsie High School. Isaac was USA Today’s All-USA New York Defensive Player of the Year during his senior year. In 2018, the defensive end was named to USA Today’s All-USA New York Football Team first team and was the National Football Foundation New York City Mr. Football. Three-time all-city selection in high school. Set the record for sacks in a season both at his school and in the Public Schools Athletic League. 247Sports listed Isaac as a 4-star recruit, the 4th ranked weak-side defensive end in the nation and the top prospect in New York state. Noted as mature and coachable by his teammates and coaches. 


One-Liners

Ezring: Raw 4-3 defensive end with the mentality and traits to develop into a star sooner rather than later.

Dietz: Isaac has a chance to be a first-round player for Penn State, but he needs to effectively learn how to rush the passer first.

Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Ezring: 7.3 / 8.9

Dietz: 7.3 / 8.7


#20
Pos: DE
Ht: 6040
Wt: 244
DOB: 10/4/01
Eligible: 2022
Brooklyn, NY
Canarsie High School

Adisa Isaac
Penn State Nittany Lions


Pros:

Ezring: Raw athlete with exceptional tools. Isaac is an explosive athlete with impressive lateral movement skills, lateral burst, change of direction and straight-line speed. He is also flexible and fluid enough to bend the edge when attacking the outside track. The Penn State product has a great understanding of pad level and consistently reduces blockable surface area. He can also use jab steps, head fakes, and body language to force offensive linemen into false steps before capitalizing with his effortless burst. The threat he presents up the outside track opens up opportunities for him to knife inside. Isaac is effective when attacking an offensive lineman’s soft inside shoulder. While strength is not a key component of his game, Isaac uses leverage to maximize his power and length on long-arm moves or speed-to-power. In run defense, Isaac uses leverage and a wide base to anchor down in one-on-one situations. He has the upper body strength and flexibility to disengage. The young defensive end also has some experience in coverage. Isaac has been widely praised by teammates and coaches for his maturity and coachability. Although he is currently raw, he should take a massive step forward with his expected increase in playing time.

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