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Former FSU standout Iskow preparing for shot in NFL at combine program

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Former Ferris State defensive end Brad Iskow has been spending the last six weeks learning from the pros, so that he can ultimately become one in April.

Iskow is one of many college players that have been participating in an intensive six-week pre-combine training program with St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, Ind., in preparation for the NFL draft.

The former Bulldog standout, who earned first-team All-GLIAC accolades as a senior, said he has seen his speed and agility transform since the combine began, becoming a faster, more explosive player in the process.

“It’s been great, we’ve been working on everything from diet change, focusing on my speed and explosiveness to my strength,” he said.

IMPOSING PRESENCE: Former Ferris State defensive end Brad Iskow (95) is preparing for the NFL draft by participating in a pre-combine training program in Indianapolis, Ind. Iskow will participate in a pro day at Grand Valley State University on March 11. (Pioneer file photo)

To be invited to the pre-combine program, Iskow said players must be recommended by an agent. Iskow said family friend Eric Gordon, who played linebacker at Michigan State before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars and later played for the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos recommended the combine to him after his career at FSU concluded. Iskow has signed with agent Kevin Fitzpatrick of KBD Sports out of Baltimore.

Over the past six weeks, Iskow said he has trained with college players while a number of NFL players have stopped in to train as well, including former New England Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who works out with Iskow in position drills.

The experience working with other potential NFL players has helped him raise his game, Iskow said.

“Coming in, I didn’t know what to expect and how I would compare with some of the guys from bigger schools,” he said. “We’re from different schools but it’s the same game, and we’ve all meshed together well. There were a couple of guys from the University of Indianapolis there, who we played against (at Ferris State), so it was good to see some familiar faces going through the process.”

Iskow’s also had the opportunity to work with former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Larry Coyer throughout drills and training. Coyer, who led the Colts’ defense from 2009-11, had plenty of positive feedback for Iskow during his workouts.

“He said that he really liked my technique and that I took well to coaching,” Iskow said. “I’ve been focusing a lot on my core training, which ties into everything to everything you do from stability to explosion on the field. Once you start putting all the little things together, you can start to see your speed increase.”

The training has allowed Iskow to because faster and more agile, he noted, going from having average testing numbers in the 40 yard dash and 225-pound bench press to moving into the top third of last year’s draft class in those categories, while testing among the best in combine standards like the 3-cone drill.

All of Iskow’s work ultimately leads up to a pro day hosted at Grand Valley State on March 11, which could provide NFL scouts with a chance to see the gains he has made. If he impresses, Iskow could earn a private workout with individual teams with the hope of hearing his name called during the NFL draft.

“The ultimate goal is to go in the draft, but free agency is also an option,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what school you come from — in the end, the game is the game. Right now the main focus is getting my game film out to teams, but a lot of the input I’m going to get is after the pro day.”

Iskow finished his senior season ranked first in the conference and second nationally with 25.5 tackles for loss — an FSU record. The defensive end also recorded 64 total stops this season to go with 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

He concluded his career with 164 total tackles, 45 tackles for loss (-147 yards), 13 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, six forced fumbles, four pass breakups and two blocked kicks in 39 games played.

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