When you think of the University of Miami, you think of swagger, you think of athletes. The program served as a draft factory about a decade or two ago, but it hasn’t been of the same caliber recently. However, the program is on the rise and a step or two away from the same level of relevancy under the tutelage of Mark Richt.
Like I said, when you think of Miami, athletes come to mind. You have guys like: Andre Johnson, Frank Gore, Sean Taylor, among many more. Well, their standout draft prospect in 2017 happens to be an offensive linemen.
Danny Isidora has been rock solid for the Hurricanes and has started at right guard since his sophomore season. He’s looking to be one of the top interior linemen taken off the board in April, and he could even go early on Day 2.
Name: Danny Isidora
School: Miami (FL)
Class: Senior (RS)
Draft Grade: 2nd Round
Positives: Requisite height along with a NFL-ready body and length. Strong throughout his body. Has meat on his thighs and trunk. A surprising athlete for his size. Moves well in tight quarters and looks natural changing direction. Good speed down the field. Especially adept at finding and hitting targets quickly down the field and in the pocket. Always hunting and looking to get his hands on people. Plays square and keeps his balance. Rarely puts himself in a position to get turned or allow pressure. Drops the anchor and doesn’t get moved. Has a good power base. Does a good job stabbing with one arm. Equally proficient in pass and run blocking. Has been reliable and plays through pain. Tough. Simple guy with good character.
Negatives: Needs to do a better job holding and finishing blocks. Unsure what the status of his knee is. Despite playing through it was described as being torn up. Medical check will be important.
Outlook: Danny Isidora is a complete guard prospect with a lot of positives to his game. He has a big, strong body and couples above-average athleticism which will endear him to many teams around the league. More needs to be seen against better competition but Isidora was a wonderful find and right now makes sense somewhere in the 2nd round of the draft. He could rise.