Route Running -Hard not to like the awareness he brings when working through traffic to offer head fakes. Ultimately doesn't have a lot of second level juice, however...meaning he isn't going to run away from guys in vertical releases or when having to drive hard out of breaks.
Hands - Fairly reliable hands, does well to extend for the football and is attentive to pluck the nose of the ball. Drops can be drawn back to flipping eyes up-field too quickly. Soft hands handle hot passes with grace and ease.
Versatility - A true three down threat. Has been played flexed as well and operates effectively, so there's no limitations as a hand in the dirt guy. His immediate NFL value will be as a blocker but ceiling is present for an effective all-around starting TE.
Contested Catch Ability - Does well to optimize his catch radius and both aggressively address the football with his hands and high point when needing to adjust to throws put away from defenders. Shows toughness to fight for positioning but also to stick in vs. pending contact.
Run After Catch Ability - Doesn't show a lot of juice with the ball in his hands. His lack of burst negates a lot of his impact after the catch but he also doesn't show a lot of creativity to establish poor angles or create yardage for himself, either.
Power At POA - Awesome. Love his base, his hands and how well he frames his blocks, even against EDGE defenders. His anchor is tremendous in pass protection. Like his foot activity to parlay initial momentum into a constant forward push.
Competitive Toughness - Is an absolute dog at the LOS. Love the tenacious approach that he provides. Equal opportunity ass kicker, will beat up LBs and DEs alike. Plays with great functional play strength and balance on his route releases.
Flexibility - Really, really smooth. He's a natural mover and a lot of that stems from easy movements on his breaks, swimming around contact at the LOS on his route releases and how well he keeps his pads and hips down on both route stems and when squaring up and framing blocks.
Balance - Effortless blocker and does very well to keep his feet at a sustainable width, doesn't narrow his base looking to compromise and create push up front. His cuts and pivots in space as a route runner are well balanced...just not dynamic.
Football Intelligence - Technically refined player, particularly closer to the LOS. HIs ability to make an impact as a receiver is predicated on more growth and savvy understanding of hos to mask his physical limitations with strength and contact.
BEST TRAIT - Versatility
WORST TRAIT - Explosiveness
BEST FILM - Alabama (2018)
WORST FILM - LSU (2018)
RED FLAGS - None
Isaac Nauta should have a fairly straight forward transition to the NFL. Nauta is an ace blocker, his ability to dictate at the LOS is tremendous and will afford him ample looks early on in his NFL career. Nauta's physical presence extends to the receiving game as well, where he shows the ability to bully and knock around defenders on his route stems. Nauta will need to be more deliberate with his physicality to create more separation on his breaks to be a big threat as a receiver, though.