Isaac Nauta

American football player (born 1997)

American football player
Isaac Nauta
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Nauta with the Georgia Bulldogs
Personal information
Born: (1997-05-21) May 21, 1997 (age 26)
Buford, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:IMG Academy
(Bradenton, Florida)
College:Georgia (2016–2018)
Position:Tight end
NFL draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224
Career history
  • Detroit Lions (2019–2020)
  • Green Bay Packers (2020–2021)
  • Arlington Renegades (2023)
Career highlights and awards
  • Freshman All-American (2016)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:3
Receiving yards:16
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Isaac Jay Nauta (born May 21, 1997) is an American football tight end who is a free agent. He played college football at Georgia.

Early years

Nauta attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his senior season. During his senior season Nauta played in eight games, catching 13 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.[1] Nauta played football and basketball while at IMG Academy. In his senior year he was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and USA Today All-USA First-team.

Considered a five-star recruit by all major recruiting services, he was rated as the best tight end prospect of his class. He committed to Georgia on January 9, 2016.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Isaac Nauta
#1 TE
Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Jan 9, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10   Rivals: 9  247Sports: 7  ESPN: 7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 31, 2016.

College career

Considered by far the best true freshman tight end in the country, Nauta finished the season with 353 yards on 27 catches as he developed early chemistry with fellow true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. Nauta was a key weapon for the Georgia passing game, lining up on the outside and in the slot quite a bit as he dwarfed the rest of the nation's true freshman tight ends statistically. He was selected to the freshman All-America team by ESPN, USA Today, Athlon Sports, Football Writers Association of America, and Campus Insiders.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+14 in
(1.91 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
31+78 in
(0.81 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.91 s 1.75 s 2.86 s 4.43 s 7.45 s 28.0 in
(0.71 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[4][5]

Detroit Lions

Nauta was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round with the 224th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[6] He was waived on August 31, 2019,[7] but was signed to the practice squad the following day.[8] He was promoted to the active roster on November 23, 2019.[9]

Nauta was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Lions on July 30, 2020,[10] and he was activated from the list four days later.[11] He was waived on September 5, 2020, and signed to the practice squad the next day.[12][13] He was elevated to the active roster on October 17 and 24 for the team's weeks 6 and 7 games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[14][15] He was promoted to the active roster on October 31.[16] He was waived on December 5, 2020.[17]

Green Bay Packers

On December 12, 2020, Nauta signed with the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers.[18] On January 25, 2021, Nauta signed a reserve/futures contract with the Packers.[19] He was placed on injured reserve on August 16, 2021.[20] He was released on August 25.

Arlington Renegades

On November 17, 2022, Nauta was drafted by the Arlington Renegades of the XFL.[21] He was released on March 8, 2023.[22]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2019 DET 6 0 2 13 6.5 10 0 0 0
2020 GB 7 0 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0
Total 13 0 3 16 5.3 13 0 0 0
Source: NFL.com

References

  1. ^ "Isaac Nauta's High School Football Stats". MaxPreps.com.
  2. ^ Johnson, Chris (January 9, 2016). "Five-star TE Isaac Nauta commits to Georgia". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  3. ^ "Isaac Nauta – 2016 Football Roster – University of Georgia Official Athletic Site". georgiadogs.com.
  4. ^ "Isaac Nauta Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  5. ^ "Isaac Nauta, Georgia, TE, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Birkett, Dave (April 27, 2019). "Detroit Lions pick Georgia TE Isaac Nauta in 7th round of NFL draft". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "Detroit Lions establish 53-man roster". DetroitLions.com. August 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "Detroit Lions sign 10 players to practice squad". MLive.com. September 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Lions sign TE Isaac Nauta to active roster". DetroitLions.com. November 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Birkett, Dave (July 30, 2020). "Detroit Lions' Justin Coleman, Isaac Nauta added to team's COVID-19 list". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  11. ^ Birkett, Dave (August 3, 2020). "Detroit Lions activate TE Isaac Nauta from reserve/COVID-19 list". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  12. ^ "Lions announce roster moves". DetroitLions.com. September 5, 2020.
  13. ^ "Lions establish practice squad". DetroitLions.com. September 6, 2020.
  14. ^ Schlitt, Erik (October 17, 2020). "Lions make series of roster moves ahead of Week 6 matchup". USA Today. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  15. ^ Schlitt, Erik (October 24, 2020). "Detroit Lions elevate TE Isaac Nauta to the active roster for Week 7". USA Today. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Rothstein, Michael (October 31, 2020). "Detroit Lions activate Justin Coleman, release Bo Scarbrough". ESPN. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  17. ^ "Lions announce roster moves". DetroitLions.com. December 5, 2020. Archived from the original on January 21, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  18. ^ "Packers activate AJ Dillion from the Covid 19 exempt list". Green Bay Packers.
  19. ^ "Packers sign 10 free agents". Green Bay Packers. January 25, 2021. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  20. ^ "Packers place TE Isaac Nauta and WR DeAndre Thompkins on injured reserve". Green Bay Packers. August 16, 2021. Archived from the original on August 19, 2021. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "Rosters for all eight XFL teams: Full draft results and where Vic Beasley, Martavis Bryant landed". ESPN.com. November 18, 2022. Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  22. ^ "XFL Transactions". XFL.com. Retrieved March 14, 2023.

External links

  • Georgia Bulldogs bio
  • Media related to Isaac Nauta at Wikimedia Commons
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