Draft Profile – RB Isaiah Pead



Isaiah D’Vaughn Pead

Born – December 14, 1989 in Columbus, Ohio.

Parents/Family – Mother is Leshawna Pead; father is DeJuan Taylor. Dad has not part of his life. He was raised by his Mom. He has a younger sister.


  • Height – 5-feet, 10 inches.
  • Weight – 197 pounds.
  • Arm – 31 inches.
  • Hand – 8 5/8 inches.
  • Wingspan – 74½ inches.

NFL Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.47 seconds.
  • Vertical jump – 33 inches.
  • Broad jump – 116 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 6.95 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.32 seconds.


He grew up on the east side of Columbus, Ohio and began playing pee-wee football when he was 7 years old. He spent seven years playing for those programs.

High School

Pead was part of the graduating class of 2008 at Eastmoor Academy, part of the Columbus City Schools. Eastmoor has approximately 750 students enrolled in college prep classes geared towards the sciences. Among Eastmoor’s graduates have been two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and jazz musician Michael Feinstein.

As part of the Warriors football program, Pead played four seasons at running back and defensive back for head coach John Miranda and left as the Warriors all-time leading rusher, gaining 4,443 yards and scoring 63 touchdowns, breaking school records previously held by Griffin.

2007 – He was the Associated Press’ Ohio Division III Co-Offensive Player of the Year and first-team division running back as the Warriors racked up a 9-1 record. In 10 games Pead ran for 2,204 yards on 192 carries and scored 39 TDs. He also had 6 INTs and 35 tackles on defense.

2006 – Pead was the Ohio Division IV Player of the Year, running 180 times for 1,891 yards and 245TDs. He caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two TDs and returned 6 kickoffs, averaging 50 yards a return with two going back for scores. Pead also returned a punt for a score. Defensively, he had 39 tackles and 3 INTs. In one game that season, he had over 500 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns. Eastmoor finished the season 7-4.

2005 – Started at cornerback in the Warriors defense and got playing time in the running back rotation as Eastmoor finished 7-4.

2004 – As a freshman, Pead started on special teams for the 9-2 squad.


Pead was a sprinter on the Eastmoor track team, including running the unusual trio of the 100, 200 and 400 meters. His best time in the 100 during competition was 10.7 seconds. In the spring 2007 City Track Meet he won the 100 meters (10.84 seconds), 200 meters (22.12) and 400 meters (48.86). In 2007, he won the state championship in the 400 meters.


The Scout recruiting service ranked him as a 3-star running back, listing him at 5-11, 185 pounds with a 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash. Rivals.com had him as a 3-star running back and the 19th rated player in the state of Ohio. They had him at 5-11, 184 pounds, with a 38-inch vertical jump.

His lifetime desire was to attend Ohio State, but the Buckeyes did not offer a full scholarship. “I took it personally,” Pead said. “I’m in their backyard and I got looked over.”

Pead either visited or received offers from Illinois, Indiana, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He committed to head coach Brian Kelly and the Bearcats on February 6, 2008.

University of Cincinnati

Pead was working on a bachelor’s degree in Exploratory Studies, while playing for head coaches Brian Kelly and then Butch Jones.

2011 – Pead had five games over 100 rushing yards during the season, topped by 155 yards against Tennessee and 167 yards vs. North Carolina State. Against Syracuse, he caught 9 passes for 112 yards. Overall, the Bearcats finished 10-3 and in first-place in the Big East.

2010 – A second-team All-Big East selection, he broke through with four games with 100 yards or more, including 213 yards against Rutgers on 31 carries and 4 TDs. Pied also ran for 197 yards on 10 carries against Miami of Ohio. He missed two games with a bruised left knee.

2009 – Pied played in 13 games with 3 starts, averaging 6.9 yards per carry, best in the Big East Conference as Bearcats repeated as conference champs. He ran for 175 yards on 18 carries against West Virginia.

2008 – Played in 7 games and finished the season as the Bearcats No. 3 rusher with 194 yards. Cincinnati won the Big East title.

Year G/S Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Rec
2011 13/ 237 1,259 5.3 12 39 319 8.2 3 10-3*
2010 11/ 157 1,029 6.6 6 26 190 7.3 1 4-8
2009 13/3 121 806 6.7 9 20 201 10.1 2 12-1*
2008 7/0 30 194 6.5 0 2 11 5.5 0 11-3*
Career 44/ 545 3,288 6.0 27 87 721 8.3 6 37-15 

*-2011-Liberty Bowl; 2009-Sugar Bowl; 2008-Orange Bowl.

Pead earned 2012 Senior Bowl MVP honors, rushing eight times for 31 yards with a four-yard reception and a 60-yard punt return in the all-star game in Mobile, Alabama


Compilation of a host of Pead highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrzIRGwiA2Q

Pead focused on vision – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SnRiOMCj7c&feature=related

Interview – http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/road-to-nfl-draft-isaiah-pead/17byexwm1

What Isaiah Pead said

“My mom is a big football fan and we used to watch football a lot, throw the football around a lot, and I just fell in love with it. My mom never thought I’d be getting a scholarship to play for any college. She thought she would have to pay for it out of pocket so it was a blessing when I started getting scholarships to play football.”

“I feel like my game has changed completely in every aspect – mentally, physically, emotionally, just knowing the game of football, period. I knew how to be an athlete. Now I feel like I have learned how to be a running back, from coaching, from watching other players, from experience.”

What they said about Isaiah Pead

“He’s learning to be patient, and that’s helped him this year. Before, he just got the ball and took off for the edge. He usually gets more (yards) than what the run is blocked for.” Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones.

“You can only contain him for so long. He has the ability to make anybody miss, anywhere on the field.” More from Butch Jones.

“You give him an inch and he goes a mile. If you drop him from a nine-story building, he’s landing on his feet. He’s great with balance.” Cincinnati RG Austin Bujnoch.


Strengths – Explosive running back, that goes from zero to 60 as quickly as any back coming out of the college ranks this year. If he can get to the edge, he’ll put his foot in the ground and will hit for a big play. Like all good running backs, he has good vision and finds the hole if there’s one there. Pead is a good receiver out of the backfield. He has good vision once he gets through traffic and has the ability to make the first tackler miss. He does not spend a lot of time going sideways to make yardage as he’s very definitely a north-south runner.

Deficient – Pead did not catch a lot of passes at Cincinnati, so that area of his game is a guess, although he’s got the tools to be very effective in that aspect of the game. He’s never been asked to be a blocker, and that’s another aspect of his game that is unknown.

Analysis – There’s little to question about the basics of Pead’s talents and there’s no reason they should not transfer to the NFL game. During his college career, there have been times when he’s lacked production and has been inconsistent. There are no character concerns.

What the scouts said about Isaiah Pead

AFC scout – “I really like this kid because he goes north and south. He doesn’t try to outwit anybody with a bunch of shake and bake. In Mike Shanahan’s old offense in Denver, he would have drafted this kid and he would have been a 1,000-yard rusher as a rookie, Runs bigger than his size.

AFC scout – “If he works on catching the ball and working the return game, Pead will be an immediate player. I don’t think he’s a feature back, but he can be part of a rotation and be very productive.”

Does he fit with the Chiefs?

Absolutely, he would fit with the Chiefs. Although they would probably like that second running back to be a bit bigger in size than Pead and No. 1 guy Jamaal Charles, Pead could be a nice addition to the offense. His style is a bit different than Charles, but like No. 25, he’ll run it between the tackles if necessary.

2 Responses to “Draft Profile – RB Isaiah Pead”

  • March 7, 2012  - txchief says:

    Pead is great prospect, but his skill set is too similar to Charles. The Chiefs do need a larger back.

  • March 7, 2012  - Michael says:

    Don’t care if his skill set is similar to Charles. I want KC to get this guy! He’s still underrated, and might be there in round 3 or 4. If he is, they should pounce. Bring Battle back for a bigger back in the rotation, or sign Tolbert. Charles, Pead, McCluster and Tolbert would give the offense all kinds of options, and Pead provides the kind of depth needed behind Charles. I’d settle for Cyrus Gray or Ronnie Hillman, but Pead is the guy I really want the Chiefs to get.

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