April 13, 2024

Rookie Spotlight 2024: Isaac Guerendo

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Issac Guerendo is a “boulder” of a running back that runs hard, runs fast, and rarely goes down on first contact. However, Guerendo’s opportunities in college to be the “lead back” never materialized. Let’s look at Isaac Guerrendo in our Rookie Spotlight Series.

ISAAC GUERENDO

  • School Year: Senior
  • Position: Running back
  • School(s): Louisville (2023), Wisconsin (2019-2022)
  • Physical Stats: 6’0”, 221 pounds

 

ACCOLADES

  • Received an athleticism score of 99 at the combine, first among all running backs
  • Ran a 4.33 40-yd dash, first among all running backs
  • Vertical jumped 41.5 inches, first among all running backs
  • Broad jumped 10’9″, second among all running backs
  • Was 2022 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (Kick Returner)
  • Was 2019-2022 Academic All-Big Ten

 

STRENGTHS

  • Has track-speed fast, straight-ahead speed
  • Is stout and able to handle the physicality of the NFL
  • Has 3-down potential with above-average pass-catching skills
  • Yards-after-contact specialist, extremely hard to tackle
  • Is competitive in all aspects of his game

 

WEAKNESSES

  • Never had a full workload in college; still has much to prove on the field.
  • After reaching top-end speed and slowing down, he struggles to regain top-end speed.
  • Solid blocker, but needs to improve blitz recognition
  • Lateral quickness needs to improve

 

NFL COMPARISON

MILES SANDERS

Like Sanders, Isaac Guerendo only played a little in college. Sanders entered the NFL with only 276 career carries, while Guerendo had 138 carries. Both are solidly built and generally don’t fall on first contact. Guerendo was a better athlete than Sanders when entering the NFL, but Sanders also had more success in college. After the combine, both scored “74” as NFL prospects.

 

Top 3 Fits in the NFL

Philadelphia Eagles

Before the Philadelphia Eagles entered free agency, they had only one running back signed for the 2024 season (Kenneth Gainwell). Based on my comparison to Miles Sanders, it’s not hard to imagine why the Philadelphia Eagles would be interested in Isaac Guerendo. Although Guerendo has much to prove in the NFL, the Eagles have proven they like developmental running backs.

Philadelphia is okay with waiting a year or two before a running back becomes a game plan focal point. If the Eagles can wait for Guerendo to acclimate to the NFL, this would be an ideal fit for both player and team. Saquon Barkley will be the lead back, but this will allow Guerendo time to learn and develop.

New York Giants

After Saquon Barkley left for the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants brought in Devin Singletary as their lead back. Although Singletary had a solid season in 2023 for the Houston Texans, he is not an elite back who deserves the majority of touches. With little depth behind Singletary, Guerendo might be the perfect piece to pair with him.

Los Angeles Chargers

One of the worst-kept secrets in the NFL is the Los Angeles Chargers’ unwillingness to pay Austin Ekeler. In addition, their second-leading running back, Josh Kelley, is also a free agent. The Chargers have minimal experience at running back currently signed for the 2024 season, and will look to bolster the running back room through free agency and the draft.

Isaac Guerendo would fit the mold the Chargers employ in their backfield and would be an ideal fit in LA. The Chargers brought in Gus Edwards through free agency, but it appears they still have plenty of room to improve in their backfield, and Guerendo fits the mold.

 

FANTASY OUTLOOK

Isaac Guerendo’s calling card will be his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. However, he only scratches the surface of his ability to run the ball. It is hard to speculate precisely how Guerendo will perform on a fantasy level before being drafted, but looking at Austin Ekeler’s rookie season seems to be a good benchmark:

  • 47 carries, 260 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • 27 receptions, 279 yards, 3 touchdowns

If Isaac Guerendo can progress similarly, it was Ekeler’s third year when he became a fantasy stalwart. Getting Guerendo in the third round of your rookie drafts would be an ideal, low-risk, high-reward pick if you are willing to hold that roster spot for multiple years.


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You can check out more on the incoming rookie class below

NFL Draft Top 10 Running Backs- part 1

NFL Draft Top 10 Running Backs- part 2

NFL Draft Sleeper Running Backs

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