Isaiah Foskey of Notre Dame football had an excellent NFL combine performance on the first day, including some eye-opening speed. Foskey is the all-time leader in sacks at the University of Notre Dame, so seeing his great production on the biggest stage is no surprise.
Foskey, who checked in at 6’5” and 264 pounds, ran a smooth 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds. His broad jump was 10’5”, and he hit 22 bench press reps, showing some pretty ridiculous all-around athleticism.
"“Forward-charging edge defender whose best football could be ahead of him. He relies heavily on a long-arm rush attack and with a ghost move counter, but he’ll need to more effectively use his rush hands to help trip the edge as he lacks hip flexion to consistently dip and flatten to quarterbacks. His pressing play style and range in space should create opportunities to cause disruptions, but he lacks anchor as an edge-setter and needs to go to school with take-on technique. There are slight limitations in his game, but he’s going to keep getting better and has future starting potential as a 4-3 defensive end.” – Lance Zierlein NFL Analyst"
According to NFL analyst Lance Zierlein, Foskey is closely compared to Yannick Ngakoue, who has bounced around the last few years but is highly talented. NFL’s Next Gen Stats also gives Foskey a promising grade and future by ranking him as the 8th-best edge prospect. Next Gen Stats considers historical NFL combine production, pro day, and actual college production to predict how solid a prospect may or may not be in the NFL.
The system also predicts the former Notre Dame football standout “ Will Eventually Be (A) Plus Starter” in the NFL
Foskey has all the tools and skill set to be a very productive player in the NFL, as many Notre Dame football fans know. It’ll be great to watch him get his name called relatively early on and dominate for years to come at the highest level.