—Has some plus athleticism plays for a stack linebacker.
—Lateral quickness is better than foot speed when chasing.
—Gets blocked on the edge.
—Knocked back with consistency inside.
—Foot speed on film does not match timed drills.
—How much can his frame handle?
107 TKL, 6.5 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 1 FR
—Father was his head football coach in high school, where he was a captain for three seasons.
—Had scholarship offers to the likes of Penn State and Washington.
—Father, uncle and cousin played college football for Buffalo.
—Early declaration with a year of eligibility remaining.
—Missed most of 2019, his first year as a full-time starter, with a knee injury.
Isaiah McDuffie has the short-area athleticism of a player who had major offers out of high school and comes from a family of scholarship football players, but he is an undersized short-strider who lacks some of the physicality to get off blocks.
The one-year starter has a ways to go to become an NFL contributor, but he is a borderline-rosterable player who could contribute to special teams and make a 53-man roster as a game-day active.
GRADE: 6.7/10 (Round 6)
OVERALL RANK: 215/300
POSITION RANK: LB19
PRO COMPARISON: Jerome Baker
Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda