Much has been made about the use of the tight end...or lack of...during Jim Chaney’s time calling the plays of Georgia’s offense. But when Jake Fromm was turned loose to do so, that was when Isaac Nauta took advantage of his time to shine.
Nauta now get the opportunity to do so again in an offense with another from Bulldog, Matthew Stafford at the controls as Nauta was a seventh-round selection, pick No. 224 overall, of the Detroit Lions. Nauta is part of a tight-end heavy draft class in Detroit, which also picked TJ Hockenson of Iowa with the No. 8 overall pick.
A physical presence, he was especially a prime option over the middle in the red zone, something that should serve Nauta well.
Nauta saw considerable time all three years in Athens, but played in every game in 2018 - his numbers reflected that. 430 yards and 14.3 per-catch on average, Nauta also caught three touchdowns, matching his freshman year totals from 2016. That freshman year was a breakout of sorts for Nauta with 361 receiving yards as he showed that, despite any stats, he has the physical skill set to play tight end on the next level.
Oh, and he also has knack of playing hard to the final whistle.
Now, he gets the chance to do so.