Welcome to the inaugural edition of the 2023 NFL Draft Focus. In this series, we will look at the incoming prospects hoping their names will be heard on draft night. Be sure to check often as we will produce content until the event’s start.
Isaiah Foskey is a defensive end prospect out of California. He played multiple positions in high school such as defensive end and tight end. Rivals listed him as a four-star prospect and had multiple offers out of high school. Isaiah chose to commit to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. As a senior, he played in the All-American Bowl in 2019.
It was a slow start to Isaiah’s college career as he never started a game in his first two years at Notre Dame. As a freshman, he only played in four games and had five total tackles. In his second year, he had a big jump in production as he played in 12 games. Foskey had 20 total tackles and also had 4.5 sacks. He also forced 18 total pressures. His breakout year came as a junior when he started all 13 games for the Fighting Irish. In 564 snaps, he recorded 52 combined tackles, 11 sacks, and six forced fumbles.
2022-2023 COLLEGE CAREER
In his final year of college, Isaiah Foskey maintained the production he had in his junior season. He ended the year with 45 total tackles, 11 sacks, and a forced fumble. His best performance came against UNLV where he recorded five total tackles and three sacks. To end his career, he was invited to join the Senior Bowl.
Isaiah Foskey looks like he was created in a lab. At 258 lbs, he was able to run a 4.58 40-yard dash. His hands are powerful and violent making it difficult for those trying to stop him. He’s very quick off the snap and uses his size and speed to beat offensive linemen.
His flexibility is OK, it’s not anything special. There were instances wherein you could see Isaiah having a hard time bending. It makes him look stiff at times and he sometimes stops on plays and changes direction. He has high hips so this could attribute it.
PLAYER COMPARISON: A.J. Epenesa
TEAMS WHO COULD DRAFT HIM
Earlier in the draft process, Isaiah Foskey was projected to go much higher. After evaluations, he is mocked as a late 1st round pick. This would be a good fit for him as he would go to a contender and he can learn from veterans. Watch out for the Chiefs and Eagles as a place he can slide in and have a productive career.