Isabella was a classic too-short, too-small recruit. He didn't garner enough recruiting attention to be rated at all by the 247Sports Composite rankings out of high school in Ohio, even if his speed was already well-known; among his sprinter's trophies was one for being the state's 100-meter dash champ as a senior. But UMass was the only FBS school that offered a scholarship.
He mostly returned kicks as a true freshman in 2015 before unleashing his speed at receiver. In his final three seasons with the Minutemen, he caught 229 passes for 3,519 yards and 30 touchdowns. He earned consensus first-team All-America honors as a senior, when he made 102 receptions for 1,698 yards and 13 scores. Included in that senior effort was a nine-catch, 303-yard outing against Liberty and - to quell any notion that his numbers merely came against non-Power 5 schools - he scorched Georgia in his final college game for 15 catches, 219 yards and two TDs. (He also went for 7-158-1 at Mississippi State in 2017.)
Isabella spent most of his time as an outside receiver in college, but he was working with former NFL star wideout Randy Moss in the offseason to help convert his skills to be a slot receiver at the next level. The elite 4.31 speed makes him a deep threat no matter where he lines up, while his acceleration and change-of-direction ability make him a tantalizing target for quick passes ... and then sit back and watch him go.
The lack of height is clearly a concern, but Isabella helped his cause at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine with an impressive physique for a player his size. NFL teams might wish he had more experience in the return game, but that is something they can develop while figuring out how to best to use Isabella's special extra gear.
Projection: Second-Third Round
--Field Level Media
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