Player Bio: Anthony Isabella is a burner, mostly renown of his speed. He highly is regarded by defeating Denzel Ward (Cleveland Browns) defensive back in the Ohio State Finals in the 100-meters and 200-meters final. Due to his size in the statue was overlooked by many schools as a successful running back. Isabella converted as a wide receiver his sophomore season is where his career took off. Primarily used as a returner, his junior season became a receiving weapon hauling in 65 receptions for 1020 yards and 10 touchdowns. His senior year was his coming out party collecting 102 receptions for 1,698 yards (led all NCAA receivers) and 13 touchdowns. Against UCONN, Isabella had eight receptions for an astonishing 303 yards against the Huskies defense. Three weeks later against a more prominent defense of the University of Georgia, he torched the Bulldogs Georgia defense with 15-receptions for 219 yards and two touchdowns. A notable point that does not show up in the stats, he outran projected first-round De'ante Baker to the corner and outran him in the open field for a touchdown. At the 2019 NFL Combine, Isabella ran the third fastest 40-time at 4.31 seconds and tied with fellow Ohioan Parris Campbell as the fastest receivers at the combine.
Strengths: Great soft hands that pluck the football when it is put up above the numbers and tucks it away securely before advancing up the field. With his speed has the ability in short areas of the field to start/stop and create poor angles pursuing defenders. Has a high football IQ which helps him become a crafty route runner that creates separation to find the soft spots of the defense. As a route runner, very shifty and has excellent feet and the knowledge that understands leverage and recognize coverages. The former running back can run through arm tackles and active with jet sweeps or reverses. Has a high motor and competitive toughness, but will need put on some bulk to continue at the next level. He is a perfect fit at the slot receiver position where he will strive.
Weaknesses: With his size, will have issues with separating from press coverages and redirected in his routes. Has small hands and at 8" concerns will surface at the next level can he make the tight window receptions because of his size. Identified on film that tends to catch the ball against his body. Draft Grade: 5.57
Does He Fit?: Absolutely! Isabella has the type of speed that blinds many watching him on the field. In the Los Angeles Rams style of offense, head coach Sean McVay can always upgrade speed in the slot. After losing Cooper Kupp to a season ending knee injury, never can have one too many slot receiver. The epitome of New England Patriots Julian Edelman, we begged of the Rams or another franchise of selecting this kid opposed to the hometown team. Explosive speed, unfazed of crossing routes, and the ability of jet sweeps can be a plus to the Rams offensive weapons. Isabella has stated that he's been working out with former great Randy Moss, and has been clocked at 4.26 in the 40 yard dash. Expect him to sub 4.20 at UMASS pro-day.