Danny Isidora plays guard for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has been in the NFL for 4 years after attending college at the University of Miami. Originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Isidora has also spent time in Miami before landing in Kansas City.
A few weeks ago, GMTM analyst Torrian Wilson interviewed him live on Twitch. Check out the whole interview here:
Who Is The Toughest Defensive Lineman You've Faced?
Torrian started the interview off with a tough question, asking Danny who was the toughest D-Lineman he ever had to face. Danny had to take some time to think about it, but eventually came back with an answer, saying that Grady Jarrett was the toughest he had faced in the NFL. Although he volunteered that Aaron Donald was a nightmare in college and likely would be his toughest if he had faced him in the NFL.
On top of being extraordinarily skilled, these two have something in common, as they’re both shorter in stature while also being strong with a low center of gravity. As a taller lineman, it is harder for him to get his hands on these defenders and move them. Hand placement is huge for any offensive lineman to be successful, so these defenders are already at an advantage and are able to get in under most offensive linemen's hands. Pairing that with excellent hand-fighting and burst is what makes these defenders elite.
Which 5 NFL Lineman Would You Want On Your Team?
From there, Torrian asked Danny to step into the shoes of an NFL head coach and choose five offensive linemen who he would want on his team. This was another tough one for Danny, but he ended up choosing Trent Brown at right tackle, Jon Feliciano at right guard, Jason Kelce at center, Ereck Flowers at left guard, and Trent Williams at left tackle.
This offensive line was a good mix of established veterans (Kelce and Williams) and talented linemen in their primes with Brown, Feliciano and Flowers. Danny wanted to build a line that would complement each other well, but he emphasized that there are a great deal of other linemen in the league who are very talented and bring different skillsets to the table.
What Is It Like Playing With Patrick Mahomes?
The final question that Torrian asked was the one on everyone’s minds: what is it like playing with Patrick Mahomes? As a former member of the New England Patriots, Torrian used to get the same question all the time about Tom Brady. Danny waxed poetic about his ability to prepare and lead the team in practice. As he said, “there are no phony gimmicks. What you see on TV is what you get.”
It’s no surprise to hear that Mahomes practices the way he plays, but it is a good lesson for any young player to treat practice like a game. Games are always won and lost in the days leading up to the games.
Check out more from this interview with the Chiefs' guard here.