Draft Zone Spotlight: Isiah Wiley, CB, USC/Belhaven University
Isiah Wiley’s path to the NFL Draft has not been an easy one. Wiley was one of the best cornerbacks coming out of the state of Louisiana, but he was forced to take the JUCO route because of grades. After spending two years in JUCO programs he left JUCO to become a starter for the USC Trojans. He walked in his junior year and started for the Trojans. Wiley ended up starting the last 6 games at cornerback as a junior in 2011 and he did a commendable job. He also played on special teams. Overall in 2011 while appearing in 10 games (all but Minnesota and Utah), he had 39 tackles, including 2 for losses (with a sack), plus 4 deflections and a fumble recovery. After his junior year, his grades were once again a factor, and he had to leave the USC program. He finished his senior year at Belhaven University. Expect Isiah to impress the NFL scouts, and get a shot on someones team in the NFL.
How many teams were recruiting you coming out of high school and how did you make your decision?
Only a couple of big time schools were recruiting me out of high school, but I had to take the JUCO route due to academics.
Has it always been your dream to be an NFL football player?
Yea I’ve always wanted to play in the NFL, I feel like it’s the greatest job in the America. You get paid to do something you love. You get paid to have fun.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up, and did you have a player you rooted for?
The Saints were my favorite team growing up. The player I’ve always rooted for and still root for today is Charles Woodson.
At your position, how do you break down film, please inform our readers what you look for when breaking down film?
I look for any tendencies that the WR or QB may show. Like the way a WR moves on a certain route, or the steps a QB takes.
What is the best accolade/award you have ever received from playing football?
I would have to say winning Defensive MVP in my Junior College conference.
Now that your college football eligibility is up what’s your next move?
Train for a shot in the NFL
When did you really feel you had a good chance of making your dream come true?
About a year ago, when playing for USC Trojans
What is your favorite food?
I would have to say Chinese food
Do you have any pre game rituals?
What would you tell NFL teams that are weary of taking a late round flyer on you?
That I can play on the next level, Just give me a chance to prove it.
Have you been invited to any all star games?
Yea, I’m going to participate in the Raycom All Star game
If you could compare your play to someone in the NFL, who would it be?
I really like Charles Woodson
What is the most tragic event in your life that has happened and how did you bounce back?
The death of my grandmother was probably the most tragic event. I just try and keep doing things the way she taught me.
Who has had your back through the good and the bad as you’ve moved on balancing life as a student athlete?
My mom and my uncle have both been there for me.
What’s your plan if you go undrafted?
Try and earn a spot on a team through free agency.
Everyone asks this question but I’m curious to know what will you buy first with your first NFL pay check?
Finish this sentence for me, Come July 2013 I will be_ _______________?
Starting a career in the NFL
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