Isaiah Prince’s Ohio State career was full of potential and frustrations. At times he was a dominant offensive lineman, anchoring one of the most productive and efficient offenses in college football. However, at others, he was a non-stop penalty machine, picking up false starts at an alarming rate.
But, going into the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week, Prince’s size and athleticism have been keeping him in the mix of the offensive tackle discussion. On Friday, Prince participated in his on-field workouts at the NFL Combine.
Prince will get touched up in scouting circles for what he can’t do, but he’s made strides in his pass-protection technique that warrants a deeper dive. He’s not a natural knee-bender so his pad level -- and therefore balance -- will always be concerns, but his length can become an effective weapon in pass sets if a coach can get his hands timed up. He’s a right tackle-only with leverage limitations, but there are enough flashes to project him as a backup with eventual starter potential as a middle round pick.
Big ground-gainer with initial kick slide
Goes big and quick with first three steps
Pass-pro technique has continued to improve
Throws his right-left punch combo with some heaviness in hands
Length is a factor when he gets it locked out
Catches inside moves with his feet rather than lunging
Got his nasty going against Michigan in 2018 with plenty of finishes
Has some twitch in initial movements
Able to get out in space as lead blocker and on screens
Shows some ability to alter and adjust to targets in space
Wasted motion getting out of snap and into block fit
Straight-legged playing style creates imbalance
Below average in creating leverage
Tries to use helmet to dig up under opponent’s pads
Inconsistent angles to second level
Body control can come and go due to pad level
Narrows base width and opens turns shoulder too early
Feet too often unsettled into pass punch
Still working to eliminate hitch when throwing hands
Fails to unlock hips to anchor
- Height: 6’6”
- Weight: 305 lbs.
- Hand size: 10 1/8”
- Arm length: 35 1/2”
Bench press: 23 reps
40-yard dash: 5.09 unofficial
3-cone drill: DNR
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Prince is expected to be go in the middle rounds of this spring’s draft, depending on his performance at the Combine, OSU’s Pro Day, and individual workouts. There are concerns that he underachieved at Ohio State, and was undisciplined at times — drawing more than his fair share of flags — but his size and athleticism should be of interest for many NFL teams as the second day of the draft ends and the third begins.