From now until the 2023 NFL Draft, we will scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top-10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections and priority undrafted free agents. Today, I’ll be profiling Princeton WR Andrei Iosivas.
#9 Andrei Iosivas/WR Princeton – 6031, 205 lbs. (Senior)
|Player||Ht/Wt||Hand Size||Arm Length||Wingspan|
|Andrei Iosivas||6031, 205||8 3/4||32||76 3/4|
|40-Yard Dash||10-Yard Dash||Short Shuttle||3-Cone|
|Broad Jump||Vertical||Bench Press|
— Large frame, looks the part
— Above-the-rim player with giant catch radius, tracks the ball well and able to make plays well above his head
— Times his jumps well and a good leaper reflected in his testing, vertical and downfield threat
— Catches passes away from his frame and quick to the tuck, doesn’t slow down his stride as he brings in the ball
— Excellent testing and shows an open field second gear
— Versatile and moved around the offense, got involved in the receiver run game
— Productive with dominant stat lines, high catch percentage
— Performed well when he played “up” to competition in Senior Bowl and during Combine workout
— Has frame and shows effort as a stalk blocker
— Smart and academically gifted, juggled busy schedule
— Not quite as “freaky” as the tape suggests, good athlete but runs a little tall and straight
— Smaller hands than you’d expect based off his height and overall frame
— Can break low arm tackles but doesn’t have much wiggle in open field and goes down easier than expected, doesn’t run big and powerful
— Occasionally will take eyes off football and look upfield, leading to drops
— Played at FCS school and will have to adjust to NFL competition, won’t be the most talented guy on the field anymore
— Not exclusively used vertically but lacked a nuanced route tree, a lot of bubbles/tunnels and vertical concepts with less work on in-breakers over the field
— Needs to improve angles on crackback blocks in run game
— Not the most fluid at dropping his hips on his cuts and doesn’t have great burst
— Didn’t have a ton of career catches
— Two-year starter for the Tigers
— Turns 24 in October
— Career: 125 receptions, 1909 yards (15.3 YPC) 19 TDs, five career carries
— 2022: 66 receptions for 943 yards (14.3 YPC) 7 TDs, four rushes
— AP second-team FCS All-American in 2022
— Six career games with 2+ TD receptions
— Born in Honolulu, Hawaii
— Played in run-heavy high school offense, leading him to be minimal recruit but caught eye of Ivy Leagues and had offers from Princeton and Dartmouth
— Studying finance and geopolitics
— Track star at Princeton, three-time Ivy League champ in heptathlon
— Named team captain in college and high school
— Senior Bowl Director Jim Nagy personally went to Princeton to announce Iosivas’ invite
Princeton WR Andrei Iosivas is one of the top FCS prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. He hits all the height/weight/speed triangle numbers and played well at this year’s Senior Bowl. He has the size of an NFL receiver and plays every bit to that frame. He’s a downfield threat who wins contested and wins jump ball moments, timing his jumps and tracking the ball. They’re all over his tape.
He has the frame, desire, and experience playing in a run-heavy high school offense that makes him buy into the run game, too. Watch him stalk block this CB nearly out of frame. Bottom of the screen here.
It’s hard to show a lot of negatives on tape because Isoivas dominated the FCS level so routinely. He tested like an A+ athlete and it’s easily drawn Christian Watson comparisons, a similarly built FCS player who made vertical splash plays as a rookie after a bumpy start to his career. While it’s hard for me to quantify, I don’t see the same level of “freak” on tape from Iosivas, especially in the open field. This’ll seem like nit-picking and these aren’t “bad” plays, but I don’t see anything crazy from him on a lot of post-catch chances. Goes down fairly easy.
He’s a good athlete and makes some impressive downfield grabs, no question. But I don’t think Iosivas is quite as dominant an open field runner as Watson or some of the other NFL freaky wideouts are. He didn’t blow by guys and didn’t have a ton of YAC in the open field. He won contested catches with his timing and tracking and that will be hard to consistently get by with at the NFL level.
Iosivas is a classic Z-type receiver who will be the vertical and clear out component of an NFL offense. He had an impressive and dominant college career and posted great workout numbers. But I don’t think he’s quite as freaky to all levels of the field and doesn’t quite run like a 4.43 guy. Watson will be the popular comparison but mine is Nico Collins.
Projection: Early Day Three
Depot Draft Grade: 7.1 – Rotational Player (4th Round)
Games Watched: at Yale (2022), at Harvard (2022), vs Cornell (2022), Senior Bowl