Measurements: Six foot three, 306 pounds
Hometown: Weston, Florida
High School: Played guard throughout his time at Cypress Bay High School
College All-Star Game: 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl (South Team)
Danny Isidora choose Miami over Wisconsin and Florida State. He took a redshirt in his freshman year to get a better understanding of the game, as well as to prep his body for the rigors of Division I football.
It would be awhile longer before Hurricane fans got to see Isidora in action. In his redshirt freshman season in 2013, Isidora suffered a foot injury that forced him to miss the first 10 games of the season. When he returned from the injury, his playing time was a bit sporadic, which resulted in him seeing a limited amount of snaps in just a couple games that season.
Isidora won a starting spot at right guard entering the 2014 season, starting in all 13 games. Along with future Jacksonville Jaguar guard Nick Linder, Isidora was a constant along the offensive line for Miami. Although he was not the primary reason, the Hurricanes put together a solid seasonal rushing average with 5.26 yards per carry.
In 2015, Miami looked to capitalize with four starters returning along the offensive line, and Isidora was entrenched as one of them. According to his hurricanesports.com bio, Isidora was a part of an offensive line group that allowed the fewest tackles for loss in the country with an average of 4.31. They were also 34th in the nation in sacks allowed with a 1.46 average. UM’s passing offense was second in the ACC ( and 29th in the country). After the season, Isidora was named an All-ACC honorable mention.
In his final season as a Miami Hurricane, and under new head coach Mark Richt, Isidora continued to be one of the few constants along the O-line, regardless of another change in offensive philosophy. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Isidora did not allow a pressure in 9 of the 13 games he played in the 2016 season, and he was part of a senior-led group that helped Miami win the Russell Athletic Bowl against West Virginia, ending a decade-long drought in.
Isidora earned invites to the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran an impressive 5.03 40-yard dash and put up 26 reps on the bench press.
- Started in 39 straight games since the season opener in 2014
What the Experts are Saying
“Isidora's coordination and burst are major strengths that will allow him to play in either a zone or man scheme moving forward.”
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report.com
“Isidora has enough talent to become a starter, but his issues holding up against power could derail those plans if he doesn't address them.”
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Isidora is solid in both running and pass blocking, yet some believe he has yet to produce his best results. He is fleet of foot when the steamroller gets moving, and analysts have praised his ability to block at the second level of the defense. He’s also more active when blocking on the play side rather than on the back end of plays. During Senior Bowl week practices, he struggled at times to anchor himself against larger interior defenders, drawing comments that he will need to improve his core strength. Pegged to be a starter down the road, Isidora has a few flaws that need to be improved upon before he becomes a polished product; however, he could provide a big payoff for a team as a mid-round selection.