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2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Isas Waxter, CB, Villanova

Isas Waxter is a well-built, athletic DB prospect who broke out as an FCS All-American in 2023. Hula Bowl scout Hayden Russell breaks down Waxter as an NFL Prospect in his report.
Isas Waxter is a well-built, athletic DB prospect who broke out as an FCS All-American in 2023. Hula Bowl scout Hayden Russell breaks down Waxter as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey #Isas Waxter, #0
School (Code)Villanova University (PAVI)
DOB, Class Yr09/17/2001, 5th-Year Senior
Height, Weight6010, 215
40 Yd Dash4.58e
Position/DepthCB/1st
Honors/Captainship2023 2nd-Team All-American (FCS Football Central) & 2nd-Team All-Conference
Season Viewed (yr)2023
Games Watched@ FLCE, Vs. OHYO, @ SDST
Scout Name / DateHayden Russell, 12/15/2023

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

202313 GP, 26 TKL, 3 INTs, 11 PBUs, 4 TFLs
2022Missed season due to injury
202113 GP, 17 TKL, 4 PBUs, 1 Sack, 1 TFL
20202 GP, 7 TKL, 1 PBU
20197 GP, 25 TKL, 1 PBU

Player Summary:

Isas Waxter is a 5th-year senior CB who became an All-American in 2023 after missing the entire previous season. He aligned as both the boundary and field CB throughout the season in a defensive scheme that utilized lots of Cover 3 and Cover 1 Man. Possesses exceptional height and weight with a great frame to work with. Notable athleticism matched with his size makes him an intriguing prospect at the next level. Solid LOS skills and will often give the receiver a violent shove before dropping in zone coverage. Displays proper man technique with eye discipline and will not open his hips prematurely. Best at locking up bigger WR types with less twitch. Good lateral agility when dropping to his deep zone using bail technique. Considerable mental processing as he recognizes route concepts to his side of the field where he takes away as many targets as possible with his leverage. Quality ball skills especially when everything is in front of him. When coming down in run support, will defeat blocks by engaging hands inside and shedding to show up when his name is called. Adequate COD skills due to slight hip tightness that makes it difficult for him to blanket shiftier WRs and double moves. Under-average physicality in man coverage despite his size. Limited foot speed and he will not be able to consistently stay in-phase with WRs with good speed. Man coverage technique gets sloppy on deep routes. As an underneath zone defender, will lose track of targets in his zone when they are not in his line of vision. Must improve pursuit angles in order to be a viable last line of defense. Fringe open-field tackling ability; misses too many tackles, needs to close space between him and the ball carrier when breaking down, and lacks the functional strength to bring good-sized ball carriers to the ground. Shows qualities of a promising safety prospect. 

Scheme Fit

Fits best as a free safety at the next level who can play with everything in front of him, or as a CB in a zone-heavy scheme that allows him to play deep regularly.

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Power Statement

A DB prospect with an enticing frame who utilizes athleticism, man coverage technique, mental processing, and ball skills to make an impact in coverage especially as a deep zone defender. Plays at his best with everything in front of him. Lacks the foot speed and COD ability to lock up every type of player at the next level and must improve his open-field tackling ability if he is going to be a last line of defense option.

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