SOTT Draft Profile: Isaiah Pead
The next few weeks here on State of the Texans we will be doing some draft profiles of some particular players who could possibly fit into the Texans plans. We are not going to try to piece together scouting reports, but we enlist help of bloggers who actually cover the respective player and their school.
It may be us, but the Houston Texans might be looking for help to freshen up their backfield behind Arian Foster and Ben Tate. We take a look at Senior Bowl MVP and Cincinnati Bearcat tailback, Isaiah Pead. At 5’11″ and 210 lbs. the two-time 1,000 yard runner looks like he could be a good fit for a zone running scheme. Coming out of college he excelled in the spread offense the Bearcats use, and coming out of zone scheme could be an easy transition for him at the next level. Not considered one of the top backs in the draft, Pead could land somewhere in the mid rounds and give a team a nice player.
Can you give us some background on Pead?
Pead is from Columbus Ohio. He attended Eastmoor Academy which is the same high school as Archie Griffin of multiple Heisman fame. In his career with the Warriors he broke all of Griffin’s records. Pead wasn’t a five-star guy according to the recruiting services but he did have multiple BCS offers.
Can you talk about Pead’s importance to the Bearkat’s football program?
Pead is by common consensus the best Running Back in Bearcats history. He averaged 6.25 yards per carry over his career, ran for 3,288 yards, scored 33 TD’s and pitched in with 721 receiving yards. In fact he was arguably the most consistent receiver on the team last season. What’s more he had a knack for making his biggest plays in the biggest games.
Pead was the offense this season. Everything revolved around him. In past years he was a guy who could be counted on to hit the big 50 yarder, but not necessarily the 5 yarder on 2nd and 4. He reinvented himself as an every down back this year. He was more willing to take what the defense gave him rather than trying to force the big plays.
What are Pead’s strengths and weaknesses?
His strengths are his ability to bust big plays. He has great balance and short area quickness are coupled with outstanding top end speed which allows him to outrun angles of defenses. His biggest weaknesses are pass protection, which is something he struggled with for his entire career. The other one is that he has a hard time giving up on plays. Pead thinks that he can always break the big one. It’s hard for him to just accept a one yard run.
Does the Bearcat’s spread offense hurt Pead at the next level or do you think he can make the transition?
Not really. Running back is running back and the Bearcats are a straight inside/outside zone team. If he gets drafted by a team that is strictly a power team he will struggle, but the zone scheme is still the most widely used blocking schemes in the NFL.
How do you see Pead at the next level?
Space player. The best outcome is for Pead to get drafted by a team that uses him in a role similar to that of Darren Sproles with the Saints. I don’t think Sproles is the best comparison for Isaiah though. Pead is more like Brian Westbrook. In that he has the ability to run the ball inside, but that he will always make his money on the edges of defenses running stretches and catching passes in the flats.
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