Originally posted on DraftAce  |  Last updated 2/11/12
Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati #23 Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 193

  Strengths: Decent quickness and change-of-direction ability. A shifty runner who can make himself small to squeeze through holes when running between the tackles. An effective receiver out of the backfield, with experience lining up wide. Above average straight-line speed; a threat to take it the distance whenever he’s in the open field. Weaknesses: Undersized. Not a very strong interior runner. Tends do go down easily on first contact; rarely lowers his shoulder in an effort to fight for more yardage. Tends to shy away from contact. Needs to do a better job with ball security. Gives a weak effort in pass protection. Slowed by knee injury in 2010. Comments: Pead is a tough prospect to grade. He has enough athleticism to be effective at the next level, but he lacks the elite quickness and agility to make up for his lack of size. He’s at his best when given space to run, but his tendency to hit the ground upon first contact is concerning. He could be an effective third-down back, however, there are better options available in almost every draft class. He’s a solid mid-round prospect, but just lacks that something extra to make him stand out. Videos: 2011 vs Vanderbilt
2010 vs Oklahoma 

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