Based out of Aurora, Colorado, Ismael Cisse is a QB’s best friend at the receiver position. He possesses strength at the catch point and outstanding run-after-catch ability.
In August, GMTM’s Joey Grant and former USC quarterback Max Browne evaluated his tape live on Twitch. Here’s what they thought:
As a freshman, Cisse demonstrated massive potential as he flashed dominance on the Varsity level. At one point in the video, Max noticed a trend of cornerbacks playing off coverage on Cisse in an effort to take away his speed. Earning that level of respect from the opposition is tough to do and to do so as a freshman is even more impressive.
Cisse has himself listed as a WR/S/QB, so the versatility is there, but this tape was heavier on the WR footage. Throughout the tape, Ismael’s ability to get open and create separation with his route running and footwork was apparent.
Even when he wasn’t wide open, he showed a great ability to adjust to the ball in the air and make a play over a defender. This builds trust with the QB, which Max quickly noticed and called out after seeing Ismael make multiple plays in the end zone.
He is able to bail out his QB if they miss on a throw, as demonstrated on this play, when he adjusts to a wayward throw and high-points the ball before making multiple men miss for a big gain. His tape is full of examples of him catching the ball, making a man miss, and demonstrating dynamic abilities after the catch.
In addition to being a playmaker, Cisse showed great willingness in the run game as a blocker at the receiver position. He clearly took pride in getting physical and driving a corner back to give his teammates opportunities to run on the outside.
Joey was a big fan of his blocking highlights, once again reiterating how impressive the tape was for a freshman, although it would be impressive film for any player regardless of their class. Cisse also took part in the Dick’s Digital Combine, where he further showed off his route running abilities along with his hands. He does a great job of catching the ball with his hands and not letting it get into his body.
• Ismael Cisse is a dynamic weapon at the WR position with big-time potential
• Good combo of speed (4.52 40) and size (6’0) makes him a threat with the ball in his hands
• Diligent worker in the classroom as well as the field (4.1 GPA)
Ismael Cisse has the potential to be a game changing weapon at the next level. His game has a resemblance to Stefon Diggs with his route-running prowess and abilities after the catch. He should continue to get better over the next three years and should be a big-time prospect in the class of 2023.