Jets Draft Spotlight: Isaiah Pead

By Alan Schechter

Dec 31, 2011; Memphis, TN, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats running back Isaiah Pead (23) rushes for a touchdown during the Liberty Bowl against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Bearcats defeated the Commodores 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Another guy that the Jets have shown interest in is a running back projected as a late second or early third round pick. The team met with him at the Senior Bowl, as reported by Jake Steinberg. Spotlight, RB Isaiah Pead, University of Cincinatti.

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5’10 197 pounds

31 inch arms, 8 5/8 hands

4.47 second forty yard dash, 33 inch vertical, 116 inch broad jump, 6.95 3 cone drill, 4.32 20 yard shuttle

Pead rushed for over 5 yards per carry for his entire college career, with the major spent rushing for over 6 yards per carry.  He scored 12 TDs in his senior campaign in 2011.  In his final 3 years of college, he caught 20 or more passes in each season, with 39 receptions in 2011, making him a perfect candidate for Rex’s system.

Pros: At 4.47 seconds in the 40 yard dash, he clearly is fast enough to play at the next level.  You will see from the video that he has great acceleration in the open field.  Once he is out there, he can take it to the house with anybody!  His stats also show he can catch passes out of the backfield.

Cons: At only 193 pounds, he is small for running in between the tackles, he is better suited for running on the outside.  He needs to learn how to drive a bit more with his hips and thighs, but that should come with a bit more weight training.   He is not a great blocker either, although he gives his all to blocking.

Take a look at the video, and you be the judge:

He seems to be quite talented. With a bit of size, he could Isaiah Pead could make quite an assest at the next level.