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Penn State Football: Adisa Isaac Could Skyrocket Up Draft Boards After Massive Senior Bowl

Fifth-year senior defensive end Adisa Isaac officially declared for the 2024 NFL draft and left Penn State Football after the Peach Bowl.

Now, in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, the 6-foot-4.5 inch, 250 pound defensive end may be skyrocketing up NFL draft boards after turning heads all week at the annual invitational.

In his five-year career at Penn State, that included Isaac missing the 2021 season with an Achillies injury, Isaac recorded 92 tackles, 31.5 tackles for a loss, 14.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

After returning from his Achillies injury in 2022, Isaac played in all 26 games in his final two seasons in Happy Valley and led the Nittany Lions in tackles for loss in both seasons (11 in 2022, 16 in 2023).

A quiet stalwart along the defensive line opposite Chop Robinson, Isaac also led Penn State Football in sacks in 2023. After his most productive season starting all 13 games for the Nittany Lions in 2023, Isaac is looking to make the most of his NFL draft process to increase his draft stock.

During the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this week, Isaac did exactly that, turning heads all weekend and garnering strong praise from multiple sources.

ESPN’s Louis Riddick called Isaac the Senior Bowl practice MVP, noting that once the testing phase begins, “If [Isaac] runs and jumps up there in the upper percentiles for his position group, he’s going to get drafted way higher than people expect.”

Meanwhile, Bleacher Report contributor Josh Taylor called Isaac “too fast” noting he has a “high motor on every play.”

Rogue Football’s Jordan de Lugo pointed out that Isaac “has like 5 sacks this team period” during the Senior Bowl on Thursday, adding that “no one is touching Adisa Isaac” on Thursday.

I like Adisa Isaac a ton. You see those hands at POA all over his tape vs the run.

I see him on a similar track to former Gopher and current Seahawk Boye Mafe… Powerful and energetic.

— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 31, 2024


NFL on CBS’ Ben Fennell compared Isaac to Seattle Seahawk Boye Mafe, calling him “powerful and energetic, with has at the point of attack all over his tape against the run.”

Meanwhile, NFL Draft Analyst John Vogel of NFL Draft Lounge also noted that Isaac could not be blocked in team drills on Thursday.

USA Today’s Jarrett Bailey also noted that Isaac recorded immediate pressure on consecutive reps Thursday (see below for the video).

Penn State edge Adisa Isaac had immediate pressure on consecutive reps.

— Jarrett Bailey (@JBaileyNFL) February 1, 2024

Ryan Roberts from RiseNDraft went so far as to rank Isaac ahead of Chop Robinson (who is getting first round grades ahead of the draft) noting that Isaac is “much better against the run than Chop” with “plenty of upside against the pass.” Roberts further noted that Isaac has a “great frame to work with” and “experience working from two and three point stance.”

Very underrated player. For my money, he’s the better Penn State EDGE. Great frame to work with, experience working from two and three point stance. Much better against the run than Chop. Plenty of upside against the pass.

— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) January 30, 2024

PFF ranks Isaac as the number 60 overall prospect in the 2024 NFL draft, which would give Isaac strong contention to be selected in day two.

PFF noted that the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the most likely draft spots for Isaac based on their mock drafts.

18. ED Laiatu Latu
24. ED Chris Braswell
60. ED Adisa Isaac

PFF’s Top 200 Prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft⬇️

— PFF College (@PFF_College) February 1, 2024

Although fellow defensive end Chop Robinson garnered most of the attention during the season, Isaac was very productive and put together a strong campaign ahead of the 2024 NFL draft.

With a solid NFL Combine and pro day, Isaac could see himself rising quickly up draft boards in April for a day two selection.

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