Big maulers with bad intentions are my favorite human beings on the planet and every offensive line needs a nasty tone setter. Utah Guard Isaac Asiata is one of those maulers, but there is a softer side to the big fella. For one, after his redshirt Freshman year he took a year off to participate in a Mormon Mission and described it as one of the best experiences in his life. Secondly, when his teammate J.J. Dielman went down with an injury last year, Asiata honored his teammate by using his jersey number for Utah’s game with Washington.
Asiata brings an intelligent mean streak to his game and due to his underrated short area athleticism and versatility, could hear his name called as early as Day 2 in the NFL Draft.
Name: Isaac Asiata
Size: 6’3″ / 323 / 33 3/4 arm length
Class: Redshirt Senior
Comparison: Manny Ramirez (Lions/Broncos)
Draft Grade: Early 4th Round
Combine Results: 40 Time – 5.34, Bench – 35 Reps, Vertical – 25.5″, Broad – 102″, 3 Cone – 7.83, 20 Shuttle – 4.93
Positives: Immovable on base blocks. Quick and heavy hands. Quick lateral steps out of his stance. When latched on, finishes with cruel intentions. An unwelcome sight to defenders on kick out blocks. Possesses enough initial foot quickness to be effective on quick inside traps and G-blocks. Surprising hip fluidity to recover. Works combo blocks in unison with his line mates and has good timing when releasing to climb. Seeks out extra work. Gains proper depth and uses a heavy anchor on pass sets. High football character and a finishers mentality. Versatile; has played right tackle, both guard spots, and can play center in a pinch.
Negatives: Needs to dial back aggression for the sake of control. Limited effectiveness the farther he travels; frequently whiffs on 2nd level blocks and will not be seen picking up blocks downfield on screens. Gets out in front of his skis and is on the ground often. Inconsistent punch location and excessive hand fighting. Late to feel inside pressure on blitzes. Can get caught sleeping on “ET” twists, leaving his gap vacated. Needs to latch on to blocks earlier to increase length of block. Will turn 25 during his rookie season.
Outlook: Asiata best belongs in a power man scheme where he can create a new line of scrimmage with his overwhelming power and attitude. He will be limited in what he can do in space until he learns to control his aggression, but will be a versatile move piece that will bring starter upside to any interior.