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2023 Steelers Prospect: Edge/OLB-Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame

Ranked By: Joe 412 and John Toth

Isaiah Foskey, a former 4-star recruit out of De La Salle High School in California, showed improvement in each of his four years at Notre Dame, culminating in a 12-sack season in 2022. To put his Irish career into perspective, he leaves the school as its all-time sack leader.

Foskey has what Mike Tomlin loves—athleticism enough to earn a high-level role as an edge rusher or outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme at the next level. He even started his career in South Bend as a two-way player, grabbing some time as Tight End.

Foskey has quick hands, gaining separation from larger blockers, and he’s even quicker when looping inside, disrupting the pocket. It’s strange to say this for a man so fast, but if he has a weakness amongst all of his explosiveness, it’s that he doesn’t always get “off the ball” as fast as he could. Draft 412 believes with some seasoning and professional coaching, Foskey could be a late first-round talent or a possible steal in round two.

Here is a look at Edge/OLB-Isaiah Foskey’s pros and cons:

Height: 6’5” 

Weight: 262 lbs.

40 Time: n/a

Arm: 33 ¾”

Hand: 10”

Span: 81 5/8”


  • Strong hands, powerful punch

  • Explosive first step

  • Hard to block one-on-one, uses reach well

  • Accomplished pass rusher

  • Will give a DC some flexibility with DL, and LB traits.


  • Can be flat-footed and slow at times

  • Trouble with stopping and changing direction

  • Had an up and down week at Senior Bowl

  • Run defense needs improvement

  • Does not use his length as much as he should

Final Analysis

Isaiah Foskey had a unique week at the Senior Bowl. Early in the week, scouts were

clamoring that he has some Micah Parson traits, but by the end of the week, they

were talking about lack of consistency. Foskey could be a valuable pass rusher in the NFL

if he finds his niche.

Projected Draft Position

Foskey projects as a late first or early second round pick. With his size and pass rushing

ability, he could have a 3-4 team like Pittsburgh jumping early for him. He needs a

nice combine to help his performance with an up and down Senior Bowl


Photo courtesy of Irish Sports Daily.

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