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Purdue Football NFL Draft Profile: Isaac Zico

The senior receiver had a great final season in West Lafayette.

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Purdue Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Isaac Zico

6’1”, 200 pounds

Wide Receiver

Purdue doesn’t have a great history of putting receivers or running backs into the NFL. Raheem Mostert and Akeem Hunt made it as running for a brief time in recent seasons. We haven’t really had a receiver make in quite some time. Dustin Keller was a first round pick… at tight end. The last wide receiver to be drafted from Purdue was Brian Alford back in 1998.

Could Zico change that? His numbers were not earth shattering in his two years at Purdue. He was brought in as immediate help at a position of need from junior college and struggled to make his mark in his first season in 2017. That year he caught only six passes for 34 yards, but he did catch a short touchdown pass in the Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue. He was more known for his drops than his catches.

The 2018 season was better, however. With Rondale Moore getting so much attention from opposing defenses Zico had a good year on the outside. He caught 46 passes for 743 yards and 6 touchdowns. Some of his best games were a 5 catch, 127 yard, 2 touchdown game at Illinois and a 4 catch, 100 yard game against Missouri. He had the opening score in the massive upset of Ohio State on a nice fade route to the corner of the end zone.

Zico has good size for an outside receiver and decent speed, so he could be a contributor. I can see him as more of an undrafted free agent that gets a look instead of a drafted guy, but he could be a late round selection.