Dallas Cowboys 2019 draft profile: Wide Receiver Andy Isabella
We take a look at our first Dallas Cowboys draft profile of this year, wide receiver Andy Isabella from the University of Massachusetts.
With the Super Bowl concluding the 2018-2019 NFL Season this upcoming Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys official offseason is set to begin next week. While their staff was coaching the Pro Bowl this past weekend, the Senior Bowl was going on down in Mobile, Alabama and the Dallas scouts got an early look at some of the 2019 draft class.
At this point it is hard to know what true needs the Cowboys will have in the draft, since free agency is still a little over a month away, but with the likely departure of slot wideout Cole Beasley, it seems all but certain Dallas will be in the market for a wide receiver that can start in the slot.
If Dallas goes about finding a receiver in the draft, the best candidate may have been a guy who was playing at the Senior Bowl last weekend, Andy Isabella. Over the course of the last week, Isabella was one of the most talked about guys playing in the game and for good reason.
In four seasons at the University of Massachusetts, Isabella put up outstanding production. In his final three seasons of college, Isabella caught 229 passes for 3519 yards and 30 touchdowns. These are mind-blowing numbers, and his outstanding 102 catch, 1698 yard, 13 touchdown season earned him the honor of being named a 2018 Consensus All-American.
Isabella is your prototypical slot guy. Not very big at just 5’10 190 lbs, but has outstanding quickness and always seems to find a way to get open. In his senior year, Isabella had just one game where he totaled less than 75 receiving yards. That shows consistent production, and constantly being able to get open at will anywhere on the field.
The UMass star also came up big against their toughest opponents. In particular when he put up 15 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia. The Bulldogs could not stop Isabella all day, and the corners he was up against were guys who could be drafted in this class with him.
Another trait Isabella possesses is blazing speed. It was reported right before the Senior Bowl that Isabella ran a hand-timed 40-yard dash of 4.26. Now the fact that it was hand-timed means the number likely will go up when he runs for real at the combine, but still likely will be around a 4.35-4.40 which is game-breaking speed.
If Cole Beasley does depart in free agency, Isabella may be the best option for Dallas to replace his production, and maybe even upgrade at slot wide receiver. The only problem for the Cowboys is with no first-round pick, Isabella may be gone by the time they first get on the clock at pick 58.
If he last till the Cowboys first pick, Andy Isabella could be a very intriguing option for the Cowboys. The biggest question remains, with all the needs on this team to address this offseason, can you spend your first pick in the draft on a slot receiver?
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