Isaac Yiadom, CB
School: Boston College | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 190 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Marcus Cooper
Isaac Yiadom wasn't a highly sought after recruit. The 3-star prospect from Worchester, Massachusetts only received one offer from a power 5 school which was Boston College. Yiadom has grown and developed a lot over his college career at Boston College. He’s a long-armed corner that can play both physically and with finesse. Yiadom is a high motor player who also plays with patience. In coverage, he will let the play and route develop without getting too aggressive and use his timing and anticipation skills to break up passes. His skills allow him to be effective in both zone and man coverage. He also has no problem coming up to the LOS to play the run. If a player gets into the second level and he is in the area he will chase it all the way down the field and attempt to make a stop. Yiadom has good size and is a decent athlete. If he continues his development and gets an opportunity he may be a later round draft pick that gets a chance to start.
- Great size, good athleticism, and excellent length for the position. Nearly fits the body prototype of the modern NFL CB.
- Aggressive and attacks the catch point. Has good anticipation and poise in coverage turns his head and doesn't get overly physical as the ball is coming in. Uses his length to control the receiver and knock away passes.
- Smart player who knows how to use the boundary and space to his advantage. Will push outside routes out of bounds when the receiver has to go up and get it. Recovery speed is also good.
- Physical with good tackle total this year. He became more active playing the run and likes to get mixed up down there.
- Ball skills are iffy. He set a career high in interceptions this year but he isnt a natural catcher.
- Needs to get more physical at the LOS when playing press. I can imagine speedy NFL WRs going right by him if he doesn't improve his jam.
- Allows too much space between him and the receiver on the get off especially on shallow routes when the WR runs a little slant. His footwork and mirror ability could improve.
- Needs to do a better job of getting off blocks downfield.
Let’s see his work:
Shocked that Isaac Yiadom is only 6007 187, looks much longer.. 32.25in arms can be disruptive in press... pic.twitter.com/t0LPcmUeJq— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) February 23, 2018
One consistent trait of Isaac Yiadom is his long speed and effort. He’s yet to see a foot race he doesn’t think he can win. pic.twitter.com/ZNQqfWLLfN— Kyle Morgan (@NoHuddleScouts) February 12, 2018
Anticipating this is going to be a fun matchup. Isaac Yiadom plays man coverage here as textbook as you could. Hip to hip, rides Harmon towards the sideline, and then plays the ball according to the WR's body language. pic.twitter.com/xlPwFn1u6M— Cagen Cantrell (@CeeingTheDraft) January 26, 2018
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
The Redskins will have a lot of options to improve their depth and bolster competition at the cornerback position during the draft this year. Yiadom is yet another option that should be in consideration even if Breeland is retained. Yiadom can contribute immediately on special teams as he was a gunner on punts and a part of the coverage team on kickoffs at Bostom College. Yiadom’s physical skill set may allow him some early playing time as well as a dime CB for the Redskins and potentially he could develop into a starting caliber player if he can improve his technique and footwork. Yiadom has had a good process so far leading up to the draft. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and Combine and may even be an early day 3 pick when things are said and done. Yiadom ought to interesting teams who prioritize length at the position including Seattle and Jacksonville but I’d like the Redskins to start including some players with that physical mold as well. Yiadom may not be a flashy day 3 selection but he’s a player who can come in and contribute immediately and offer insurance at the position in the event the current two Redskins starters on the outside are moved on from this year or in the future.