Isaac Nauta

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Isaac Nauta
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Nauta with the Georgia Bulldogs
No. 89 – Detroit Lions
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1997-05-21) May 21, 1997 (age 22)
Buford, Georgia
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:IMG Academy
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 224
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Freshman All-American (2016)
  • USA Today All-American (2015)
  • 2016 U.S. Army All-American
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2019
Receiving yards:3
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at

Isaac Nauta (born May 21, 1997) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia.

High school career[edit]

Nauta attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his senior season. During his senior season Nauta played in 8 games, catching 13 passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns.[1] Nauta played football and basketball while at IMG Academy. In his senior year he was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and USA Today All-USA First-team.

Considered a five-star recruit by all major recruiting services, he was rated as the best tight end prospect of his class. He committed to Georgia on January 9, 2016.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Isaac Nauta
#1 TE
Bradenton, FL IMG Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Jan 9, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10   Rivals: 9  247Sports: 7  ESPN: 7
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2016 Team Ranking". Retrieved January 31, 2016.

College career[edit]


Considered by far the best true freshman tight end in the country, Nauta finished the season with 353 yards on 27 catches as he developed early chemistry with fellow true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason. Nauta was a key weapon for the Georgia passing game, lining up on the outside and in the slot quite a bit as he dwarfed the rest of the nation’s true freshman tight ends statistically. He was selected to the freshman All-America team by ESPN, USA Today, Athlon Sports, Football Writers Association, and Campus Insiders.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Nauta was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[3] He was waived on August 31, 2019,[4] but was signed to the practice squad the following day.[5] He was promoted to the active roster on November 23, 2019.[6]


  1. ^ "Isaac Nauta's High School Football Stats".
  2. ^ "Isaac Nauta - 2016 Football Roster - University of Georgia Official Athletic Site".
  3. ^ Birkett, Dave (April 27, 2019). "Detroit Lions pick Georgia TE Isaac Nauta in 7th round of NFL draft". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Detroit Lions establish 53-man roster". August 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "Detroit Lions sign 10 players to practice squad". September 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Lions sign TE Isaac Nauta to active roster". November 23, 2019.