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Just curious how everyone sees him getting along next year. I was so pumped when we got him to commit, and even though he saw more time last year I think he has all the physical tools to really dominate in a front 7 with Nix and Tuitt. I love Shembo, but would hate to see this kid buried behind him on the depth chart with all that potential.
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I feel towards the end of this year - you could notice Ishaq becoming more physical in his play. After year 1 - I thought of him as a project - I think he will have a great 3rd year
I had said in another post a week or so ago, I think Ishaq has looked a little lost in space. Too slow to react when forced to make a read, especially when required to drop into coverage. Not that he IS slow, just that when required to make reads, he plays slow. I think if he were given less responsiblity, and were told to just pin his ears back and rush the passer, you would see him play a lot faster. The athleticism is there, and I think he could create mismatch problems if he were to play as fast as he could. He needs a little "nasty" added to his game as well.
This post was edited by 4Horsemen on 1/28/2013 at 12:39 PM
I hate to be critical of the young man but I do not see the type of elite player he was made out to be. Maybe I should say "yet". From what I have seen, he seems out of position and slow. Perhaps bulking up in an effort to be more along the line. I know he is a lean kid but he looks lost out there. He seems like he should just be getting after the quarter back and using his length to maintain separation against the slower Oline man.
The knock on him coming out of high school to my understanding was the opposite. He needed to become a better pass rusher because he was supposedly advance at the other phases of his game. Just needed size & more technique on pass rushing.
I just haven't seen the caliber of player I was expecting. I hope he is the type of kid where it all "clicks" as his comfort grows. 2 years in, you should be comfortable so we'll see how things go next season. In the meantime, I would continue working on that frame because I think if they get him into that 285 and up range he has a chance to be a dynamite player at the end. He may not be great anymore for our system if that occurs, but right now, I just don't see it.
Even with his hand on the ground he is very slow off the ball.If he is going to move to end which I believe he needs to ,he has to get the explosive first step all great pass rushers have.I can't ever see him playing in space all the reasons are mentioned above.He has very long legs,they need to get him going straight not moving around in space.FYI I have seen Jay Hayes play, another New York product unlike Ishaq he explodes off the ball,good quickness.
Unfortunately, I just don't think he's that good. He dominated extremely poor competition in New York because he was a foot bigger than all of them. As of right now it seems like he doesn't have the speed or the instincts to be a star at the college level.
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