Isaac Yiadom Draft Profile

Isaac Yiadom draft profile

Strengths:

  • Tall with long arms
  • Plays stronger than listed weight when jamming receiver
  • Positions himself on receiver’s hip when pacing down the field
  • Good awareness from off coverage
  • From zone, recognizes bait routes and will peel off and respond to incoming receiver in his area
  • Willing hitter
  • Drives hard into receiver looking to dislodge the catch
  • Cover specialist on kickoffs and as a gunner on punt teams
  • Had 10 coverage tackles this year and 20 for his career

Analysis: Isaac Yiadom looks long and lean, but he plays with adequate strength in disrupting routes and has the aggressiveness to challenge and muddle the catch-point. He excels in both man and zone coverage and is more physical than his frame would suggest. He played in all 13 games, mostly on special teams, as a freshman (13 tackles, one pass breakup). Yiadom then got a chance to start seven of nine games played as a sophomore (18 tackles, one interception, five pass breakups), missing three due to injury. He led the Eagles with 10 pass breakups in 2016, starting eight of 13 games played, posting 26 stops, two for loss. Scouts noticed his play in 2017, as he started all 13 games, making 53 tackles, intercepting two passes, and breaking up seven more. He will also be able to immediately step in and contribute on special teams–being a former ST standout for Boston College, Yiadom had over 20 tackles on ST units during his career.

Weaknesses:

  • Backpedal is tall and tight in off man coverage
  • Sluggish to open and sprint versus speed
  • Below average route mirroring giving up separation from breaks
  • Route recognition can improve
  • Inconsistent timing to play the ball leads him into early contact at times
  • Gets hung up by big blocking receivers against the run
  • Block shedding needs work

Analysis: Isaac Yiadom is a versatile corner who can excel in coverage and attacking the run. He is a better zone cover corner, but can handle man coverage duties. He is a bit slow in his back pedal and comes off too upright, causing issues with his hip turns–this allows speedy receivers to jet by him in man coverage. He doesn’t possess the route recognition you would like at this point in his career, but it is coachable. He tends to be too aggressive with his jump on the ball, contacting receivers before the ball gets there. This will result in penalties at the next level. He is a willing tackler in run support, but he can get boxed out and driven out of the play by solid run blocking receivers. Block shedding in this area needs work.

Size: 6’1 190lbs

Draft Grade: Early Day 3 grade

NFL Comparison: Marcus Cooper Sr.

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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