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6th Round - Andrei Iosivas - WR

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John Ross without the pressure of a first round pick. Although his highlights video doesn't look like he's as quick as his measurables.
Meh, it's a sixth rounder in a position we've got DEPTH. Who cares if he never develops. If he does though, blimey.

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4 minutes ago, Cricket said:

Duke Tobin [paraphrased]: “In today’s NFL you cannot afford to draft projects.”


Also Duke Tobin: “Bengals select Andrew Iosivas, WR, Princeton”



Round 6 a LOT different for that proposition than rounds 1-3.  in late rounds, you want, IMO, high upside lottery tickets. 

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BACKGROUND: Andrei Iosivas (Yo-SHE-vas), who has a younger brother, grew up in Honolulu and developed his love for football at age 5 playing flag football. He is a first-generation U.S. citizen and attended Punahou School, a private school in Honolulu (the alma mater of Barack Obama), where he was a three-year varsity letterman at wide receiver. As a senior captain, Iosivas led Punahou to the 2017 playoffs and recorded 20 receptions for 424 yards and five touchdowns in seven games. He earned first team All-Conference honors and was named the MVP of the Honor Bowl (six catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns). Iosivas also lettered in basketball, but his most accomplished sport was track and field, where he was coached by his uncle (Tom Hintnaus), a world-champion and Olympic track athlete. Iosivas made the varsity track team as a freshman and set numerous school records. As a senior, he led Punahou to a state title and won five gold medals at the 2018 state championships: 100 meters (10.85), 200 meters (21.67, which is a state record), long jump (23 feet 3 inches), 4x100-meter relay (42.18) and 4x400- meter relay (3:19.74). Iosivas set personal bests in the 100 meters (10.71), 200 meters (21.66), 400 meters (50.06), and long jump (24-1). Iosivas wasn’t nationally ranked by recruiting services and went overlooked because of limited high school production and geography. Prior to his senior year, he attended a Stanford recruiting camp and started to gain momentum as a recruit. Iosivas ultimately received only two offers and committed to Princeton over Dartmouth. He also joined the track team at Princeton where he earned first team All-Ivy honors three times and was a first team All-American in the heptathlon, which is an indoor seven-event competition consisting of the 60 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters. Iosivas finished fourth at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships in the heptathlon, including an NCAA meet record in the 60 meters (6.71). Iosivas is the son of Mihai and Evelyn Iosivas. He accepted his invitation to the 2023 Senior Bowl.


STRENGTHS: Accomplished track athlete with elite long speed that translates to the football field (his combine numbers didn’t disappoint) … does a nice job using hesitation or double moves to help him win vertically … tracks the ball well and frames his hands at the catch point … shows terrific upper body control to high-point and make mid-air adjustments … able to create late separation with subtle push-offs … effective on swing passes or crossers designed to give him a runway … flashes strength in his hands to make fingertip grabs away from his frame … named a senior captain … impressively managed a full academic workload in the Ivy League as well as full-time training for two different sports … finished top 10 in the FCS in receiving yards per game (94.3) in 2022.


WEAKNESSES: More speedy than sudden … average short-area quickness and struggles to consistently sink and separate at the top of routes … inconsistent route pacing and underdeveloped working underneath … below-average play strength … hears footsteps over the middle, which disrupts his focus … braces for contact instead of lowering his pads and looking to break through (NFL scout: “I’m just not sold that he is tough enough at our level.”) … gets pushed around and as a perimeter blocker … guilty of relying on his body to finish catches at times … missed the 2022 NCAA outdoor track championships because of foot surgery (spring 2022) … never faced FBS competition in college, with mixed results during Senior Bowl week.


SUMMARY: A two-year starter at Princeton, Iosivas was an outside wide receiver in offensive coordinator Mike Willis’ scheme, lining up primarily to the left of the formation. A multi-sport athlete in college, he had an impressive 2022 calendar year as an All-American and Ivy League MVP in track (set the league record in the heptathlon) followed by leading the Ivy League in receiving as a senior and earning All-American status on the football field. Iosivas is an impressive linear athlete with the leaping and adjustment skills to make catches over defensive backs. Training year-round for two sports his entire life, he has interesting upside once he can focus his body and mind as a football-only athlete. Overall, Iosivas has the long speed and body control worth developing, but he is currently limited and requires a patient coaching staff while he adds branches to his route tree and learns how to be a more complete receiver. Though he is a project for an NFL team, he can add a vertical element for an offense while he develops at the bottom of the wide receiver depth chart.


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