The Jaguars surprised everybody when the drafted the unknown Middle Tennessee State CB Rod Issac in the 5th round. Or maybe they surprised nobody by picking someone no one has heard of. It’s been Gene Smith’s mantra since taking over as general manager of the Jaguars to take small school players throughout the draft.
Issac represents the most recent surprise, although with the amount of athleticism he has, maybe it shouldn’t be. He has all the tools necessary to be a very successful player in the NFL. Issac has a 5’11, 196 pound frame and reportedly ran a 40 in the low 4.4’s at his pro day.
Issac recorded five interceptions during his career with the Blue Raiders, including three in his senior season. According to the quotes from Director of Player Personnel, Terry McDonough it was the physicality of Issac that drew him to the pick, calling him one of the more physical cornerbacks in the entire draft.
Issac will have the opportunity to compete with William Middleton for the nickel corner spot during his rookie year and can develop into a potential safety or starting cornerback in the future. He also has plenty of special teams ability, with returning as another possible option.