Isaac Seumalo, OG/C
School: Oregon State | Conference: PAC-12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 303 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Round 3 or 4
NFL Comparison: Zack Martin
Isaac Seumalo is a prospect that is often overlooked when discussing the best center or even guard prospects in the upcoming draft. Seumalo started at center his freshman year and achieved an All-Pac-12 nod. Seumalo started 25 games through his first two seasons even a few at right tackle because of injuries on the team before a foot injury of his own in the 2013 Hawai'i Bowl. The injury kept him out for the entire 2014 season. Seumalo bounced back with a strong 2015 season starting games at right guard and left tackle.
Seumalo has started games at LT, C, RG, and RT and excelled particularly at the guard and center position and even LT (check the matchup against Deforest Buckner below). His versatility is sure to serve him well at the next level. Seumalo is one of the most technically sound and stout offensive linemen in this draft class. He operates with solid leverage and balance and is a great anchor in the run game and is stout in pass protection. He is also athletic and uses his quick feet to get his assignment moved from their spot at the point of attack. He also gets to the second level and take on opponents often wiping them out completely from the play.
A big question coming into this season is how he would recover from his foot injury. He seems fully healed after his 2015 season and no flags came up during his medicals at the combine. Several experts believe that Seumalo is a top guard and an even better center in this years draft class due to his technique, his nastiness, and versatility.
- He plays with solid technique, including great feet, knee bend, lateral ability, leverage, and balance. He also has a powerful punch and arm extension to keep defenders away. It's clear on tape he understand assignments and angles.
- He is stout at the point of attack. Relative to pass pro he didn't allow much to get by him. According to PFF he only gave up 4 pressures on 407 passing attempts.
- He's an authoritative run blocker who finishes and has a nasty streak.
- He was described as "unselfish" at Oregon State doing whatever the coaching staff asked of him.
- Versatile lineman that could play guard and center at a high level and potential play a tackle position if a team were in dire straights.
- Can lunge at times compromising his base and technique.
- Only has two real years of college experience and no full years playing one position.
- He was cleared medically but his foot injury suffered in 2013 will have to be monitored.
Let's see his work:
Beavers Isaac Seumalo a 'top-three' prospect at center: Report https://t.co/axpuSUWCJm— Rep 1 Sports (@Rep1Sports) April 1, 2016
One player I believe lost in mix due to previous injury, poor 2015 team is Isaac Seumalo. Very good football player, versatile, coach's kid— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) March 31, 2016
Isaac Seumalo and Darrell Greene are two mid-round guards to watch. Both are mean SOBs.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 17, 2016
Really like what I see from Oregon State's Isaac Seumalo— John Blair (@nfldraftitwr) March 16, 2016
-Can play C or OG in the NFL
- Good athlete
-5.19 40-yard dash
As long as the doctors give the thumbs up, #OregonState's Isaac Seumalo is a top-3 center in this class. And it's a very good center group.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 16, 2016
The Isaac Seumalo comps are very good. He's also young, won't turn 23 until midseason. OL are typically older.— Zach Whitman (@zjwhitman) February 27, 2016
Man Buckner gets washhhhhed on this play. https://t.co/oBt0qz98we— ScouTurf (@ScouTurf) February 25, 2016
I'm really fond of Oregon State center Isaac Seumalo when he's healthy. Does a nice job of engaging, turning defender and opening hole.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) September 12, 2015
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
We know Scot McCloughan prefers Seniors but with over 90 prospects declaring for early entry to the NFL, some with a lot of talent, I think its safe to say some Juniors may be rated fairly high on the Redskins draft board. Many experts project Seumalo to move back to center in the NFL. His versatility and experience playing 4 of the 5 offensive line positions only add to his value. I think his technique, versatility, instincts, strength, ability to anchor, and attitude he could be an option for the Redskins in the mid-rounds to further solidify the offensive line. I believe he would provide quality competition and challenge Kory Lichtenstieger for the starting role at the center position sooner rather than later. The Redskins are likely to make an addition to the offensive line somewhere and its apperent, at least to us fans, that the low hanging fruit that would yeild results would be a change at center.