By: Steve Johnson
Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
31 7/8″ hands. 9 3/8″ hands.
4.91 40 28″ Vert. DNP Broad Jump. 19 Bench Reps.
7.45 3 Cone Drill 4.43 20 yard Shuttle 12.26 60 yard Shuttle
2016: 11 games. 29 rec, 361 yards, 3 TDs
2017: 8 games. 9 rec, 114 yards, 2 TDs
2018: 14 games. 30 rec, 430 yards, 3 TDs
Misc. Stats: returned a fumble 31 yards for a TD in 2018
Accolades: 2016 U.S. Army All-America Bowl
History: Five-star prospect from Buford, GA. Enrolled early at UGA in January 2016. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Senior season.
Strengths: Great size. Decent long speed. Can separate vertically and provides a big target down the middle of the seam. Good, strong hands. Tough runner, who will fight for additional yards. Protects the ball and keeps his legs churning as a ball carrier. Has really good pop as a blocker, both in the run and pass game. As a run blocker, he does a great job getting to the next level and finding his man. Tremendous motor, has a little Jeremy Shockey nasty to him. Good leader.
Weaknesses: Slow feet. Does not have the quickness out of his breaks. Route running needs work. Is not the best athlete. Is not a playmaker in the open field, when the ball is in his hands. Needs to do a better job using his hands to help separate. Although a nasty run blocker, too often lunges at defenders.
Overview: Nauta, the former five-star prospect, is a big and tough receiver, that brings some nasty as a run blocker. It wouldn’t be fair to say he’s not a good athlete, but he is not the most fluid. Georgia’s offense didn’t feature him a ton in the pass game, but he has size and ball skills to be a feature TE in the NFL.
Draft Projection: Late Day Two
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.47
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