On paper, Isaac Whitney is what you’re looking for in a wide receiver: 6’2”, 204 pounds and he runs a 4.34 40. Add in the USC pedigree and you begin imagining an early round pick in the draft, until....you check out his production.
Once a four-star recruit out of junior college in 2015 (and the No. 16 JC player in the country), USC surely had high hopes for Whitney. As a junior, he played in the first five games of the season, recording 8 catches for 112 yards and 2 TDs. Unfortunately a broken collarbone cost him the final nine games of the season.
As a senior, Whitney was unable to crack the rotation at USC and his production was borderline non-existent.
2016 -- 3 rec, 32 yds, 0 TD
2015 – 8 rec, 112 yds, 2 TD
Size and speed. In addition to playing football, Whitney ran a little bit of track for USC – running the second leg on the 4x400 relay that finished second in the Pac-12 Championships in 2015. That speed was what led to an impressive pro day (his 40-time would have placed him third among all receivers at the combine).
Production. To be that big and that fast and have only 11 catches in two seasons is disappointing — injuries or not.
What he brings to the Raiders
There’s a long road in front of Whitney, but guys with his combination of size and speed are unique — if the coaches feel like he can be coached up while on the practice squad for a year, you never know what could happen.