Rod Issac Scouting Report

One of the more underrated selections of the 2011 draft may be Jaguars cornerback Rod Issac. The former Middle Tennessee State product will likely be in the mix for playing time at nickel and dime this season and has held his own through one week of training camp. Find out more about the Jaguars fifth-round pick in this all-access scouting report.

What are his measureables?

Rod Issac is 22 years old, stands 5-feet-11 inches tall and weighs 196 pounds. In 46 collegiate games, Issac snatched up 5 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.

Issac will likely have to make his mark as a rookie not only in the secondary but on special teams as well. Since the young man has little ego and is willing to work, it shouldn't be a problem.

"My goal is to help the Jaguars in any way that I can whether that be special teams, nickel back, cornerback, safety, punter, kicker, whatever they need me to do," Issac said. "Whatever I can do to contribute. I'm a competitive type of guy so I look forward to pushing all those guys in practice and make all those guys better players."

To get a full scouting report on Issac, we asked publisher Kellen Farmer who runs and has covered every game of Rod Issac's career. Here's what he had to say--

Rod Issac has all the tangibles you want in a corner. He measures up at 5-11, 196 lbs., but he's a very strong player, as evidenced by his 22 reps during pro day. On top of that he's extremely fast. I'm fairly sure he put in a sub 4.4 at one point during Middle Tennessee's pro day. He's able to easily transfer that speed from workouts to the field and it really pays off. As far as coverage goes, he doesn't get beat very often. When he goes one-on-one with big bodied wide receivers he's amazing at jamming them off of the line and keeping up once they take off down the field. Issac is a solid tackler who generally tries to wrap guys up as opposed to taking their heads off. Also, this won't show up in any box score, but his years with Manny Diaz at the helm really paid off in terms of stopping the run/ pass rushing. Manny had them blitzing from all over the place, so he's had plenty of opportunity to practice it. In 2009, he wound up with 5 1/2 TFL's as a result. Last year, the new DC couldn't emulate the success Diaz created, so he didn't get nearly as many opportunities. Plus the offense set a record for turnovers, which meant the defense had to shoulder the load and couldn't be nearly as aggressive. All in all, he's a great player who will obviously need some adjustment at the NFL level. On a more personal level, he really is a great guy, so you shouldn't have to worry about any off-the-field issues. He comes from a rough neighborhood in Miami and he actively made a decision early in life to not fall into that.

The Jaguars hope that their fifth-round pick can contribute in some fashion this year as he's off to a solid start.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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