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Isaiah Pead

Isaiah Pead - #23 - RB-RS

Height: 5-10 1/8
Weight: 197
Speed: 4.44
Arm: 31
Hand: 8 5/8
Wingspan: 74 3/8
Birthdate: 12/14/1989
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Grade: 5.51


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/02/2012 Cincinnati Pro Day 5-10 1/4 198 8 5/8 31 1/8 74 5/8 4.38 11.72 6.81
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 1/8 197 8 5/8 31 74 3/8 4.43 9'8" 33 4.33 6.97
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-9 7/8 193 8 5/8 31 75 1/2
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-10 1/4 202 4.45



Prepped in Ohio — broke Archie Griffin’s school rushing record and was the state’s Division II player of the year. Also won a state championship in track in the 400 meters (48.16 seconds). Committed to the Bearcats and then-head coach Brian Kelly over offers from Wisconsin and West Virginia, among others. Appeared in seven games as a true freshman in 2008, carrying 30 times for 194 yards (6.5-yard average) and catching two passes for 11 yards (5.5) and zero touchdowns. Played all 13 games (three starts) in ’09 and rushed 121-806-9 (6.7) with 20-201-2 (10.1) receiving. Started 10-of-11 games in which he played in ’10, totaling 157-1,029-6 (6.6) rushing with 26-190-1 (7.3) receiving. Sat out against Indiana State and dressed but did not carry against North Carolina State (ankle). Was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year in ’11 — started all 13 games and led the conference in rushing with 237-1,259-12 (5.3). Added 39-319-3 (8.2) receiving and 8-74 (9.2) on punts. Has nine career fumbles in 632 touches and gained 6.0 yards per carry. Named MVP of the Senior Bowl after returning two punts for 98 yards. 


Very athletic, loose-hipped and quick-footed with innate second-level peripheral vision — is able to make sudden lateral cuts to evade tacklers. Sees the cutback and runs to daylight. Terrific short-area burst and change of direction. Elusive in the open field and has speed to go the distance. Catches naturally and has versatility to work out of the backfield or split out wide. Excels in the screen game and on delayed runs — knows how to set up blocks. Good ball security. Showed punt-return ability at the Senior Bowl.


Very small hands. Is not built to be a workhorse. Not an inside grinder or pile mover. Average leg extension. Leaky, underpowered blocker — recognition and fundamentals need to improve. Ran out of a spread offense taking handoffs moving laterally. Has been contained by average defenses. Will require patience grasping a complex NFL playbook. Has a 33-inch vertical jump, a 4.32 20-yard shuttle and tripped over bags in Combine drills with crazy legs. Was very immature early in career with a sense of entitlement that detracted from his work ethic.


Quick, competitive, creative back with terrific open-field ability and good hands who would be best utilized complementing a power back — should be effective running stretches, draws and screens. Concerns regarding his character, maturity, dependability and football aptitude could affect his draft status. 

Isaiah Pead's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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