22 Oct 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Isaiahh Loudermilk, DL, Wisconsin

Image from Isaiahh Loudermilk's twitter account. @iloudermilk111

Redshirt Senior | 6’7” 300 lbs |Howard, KS

A long, disruptive run defender with great lateral agility who provides scheme versatility

Isaiahh Loudermilk was a 3-star, 8-man football product coming out of high school and has worked his way from rotational body as a redshirt freshman to the Wisconsin’s leader in the defensive line room. He has a variety of experience shifting between the 2i-, 3-, and 4i-alignments and occasionally kicks out to the 5-tech spot when the Badgers line up in an odd front. He’s long-limbed and lean for the position despite standing at 300 pounds.

Strengths:

  • Long, powerful arms
  • Scheme versatility. Can either shoot gaps or two-gap from multiple alignments
  • Natural block shedder who redirects his opponent’s momentum to his advantage with good hand placement
  • Bull rush is disruptive when he wins the leverage battle
  • Diagnoses run plays and scree passes well
  • Fights down the line of scrimmage with good footwork and lateral mobility
  • He’s hard to reach block against. Beats offensive guards to landmarks
  • Maintains gap responsibility with discipline

Areas to improve:

  • Limited pass rush plan. Has a competent bull rush, but hasn’t developed a credible counter move
  • Hands are active, but too wild ad unfocused when rushing the passer
  • Pad level can get pretty ugly at times
  • Balance issues. Ends up on the ground too often
  • By no means an edge bender from the 5-tech spot. Doesn’t have the flexibility for it
  • Could stand to add some weight to help him become more stout against double teams

Injury concerns: 

  • Held out of Michigan game in 2019 due to a minor arm injury. Wears an arm brace on left arm
  • Battled with nagging knee and ankle injuries throughout the 2018 season, missing four games
  • Missed three games during the 2017 season

Way too early projection:

Loudermilk’s combination of scheme versatility, size, and natural block shedding ability will be useful to many teams. He will immediately provide depth for whatever team selects him due to his ability to play up and down the defensive line, but his draft stock may ultimately hinge on his ability to develop as a pass rusher and whether teams are comfortable with the nagging injuries he’s dealt with over the years. With a wide variety of possible outcomes, Loudermilk will most likely fall somewhere between late Day 2 and early Day 3 in the 2021 draft.

What to watch in 2020:

Can Loudermilk legitimize himself as an every down NFL player by bolstering his pass rush arsenal? If he can refine his hand usage and develop a legitimate counter or two off his bull rush, he has potential to be a three-down force at the NFL level. It will also be interesting to monitor whether Loudermilk adds muscle to what is a relatively slender frame for a defensive lineman. It might sap some of his lateral mobility, but could help him be more stout at the point of attack.

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