This is our Isaiah Pead Scouting report. Pead is a senior running back for the Cincinnati Bearcast. Pead has rushed for over a 1000 yards in two straight seasons. Pead could one of the first five running backs to be drafted in the 2012 NFL draft. For all of our other scouting reports check out our scouting report page.
5’10 197 pounds
31 inch arms, 8 5/8 hands
4.47 second forty yard dash, 33 inch vertical, 116 inch broad jump, 6.95 3 cone drill, 4.32 20 yard shuttle
Stats are through 12/2/2011
Can absolutely cut on a dime…Really Shifty in the open field and does a good job of changing direction…one cut and go…smooth runner looks like he’s gliding most of the time…catches the ball out of hte backfield well…plus vision…isn’t going to get caught from behind very often…uses a good stiff arm…accelerates quickly…runs with good balance…if there’s any daylight at all he explodes into the second and third levels and down the field
A thinner lower half…hasn’t run a standard I formation with a blocking full back…willing blocker, but not a very good blocker out of the backfield…at his best running on the edge, and probably ideally suited for a system that can get him some space…breaks arm tackles because he runs hard, but isn’t going to break a lot of good form tackles…has been described as immature
Round Projection: late 2nd or early third
It’s not that Isaiah Pead can’t run in between the tackles, it’s that he’s better on the outisde. If there is a quick decision for him to make and he can get up field in a hurry he’s dangerous because he is very shifty and will make a lot of linebackers miss, but he’s not going to pound it between the tackles consistently. Pead also has plus hands out of the backfield and could be a real big assest in the screen game, but as pass blocker he has a lot of work to go, he sometimes does a decent job slowing a pass rusher down, but he’s not going to do it enough to be trusted initially to block on third downs in the N.F.L. He shows good patience to let a play develop if there is nothing there on his first read and he’s fun to watch because he sometimes loks like he’s gliding when he runs. He’s ultimately at his best when he hits the open field because he’s going to make a lot of people miss and look silly in the process, but he’s not going to fit every offensive system.
Thoughts from others:
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Displays second-level peripheral vision, excels in the open field and has speed to take it the distance. Is a reliable receiver out of the backfield but needs to bulk up – is not a pile mover and is underpowered as a blocker, lacking strength to hold his ground
Impression: An explosive running back with the initial burst to press space quickly, put his foot in the ground and side step a defender. However, isn’t natural inside between the tackles and isn’t going to create on his own if there isn’t a big hole there. A space runner who will be looked at as more of a zone guy or third down back to most teams.
NFLmocks Early season quick breakdown:
Pead is a big time playmaker with great speed and quickness, and he has shown that he is a home run threat every time he touches the ball with a career rushing average of 6.6 yards and a season yard per carry average of 9.5.
Eastmoor Academy: Four-year letterwinner at running back and defensive back … earned the Ohio Division III Player of the Year award after rushing for 2,204 yards (11.5 yards per carry) and scored 39 touchdowns as a senior … collected six interceptions and 35 tackles for the Warriors’ defense … rushed for 1,696 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and 24 touchdowns, and also caught 10 passes for 250 yards, including two scores on his way to being named Ohio’s Division IV Player of the Year in 2006 … concluded his prep career with 4,443 rushing yards and 63 touchdowns … Eastmoor Academy’s all-time rushing leader, surpassing two-time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin … 2007 Ohio Division II State 400-meter dash champion (48.16 seconds) … coached by John Miranda.
vs Tennessee 2011
NC State 2011