Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz went from an undrafted player to a Super Bowl champion in the span of two years.
So it's fair to say that the salsa-dancing superstar knows a thing or two about late-round or undrafted talent making a splash in the NFL. This year, the recently retired Cruz has his eye specifically on one 2019 second-rounder, who went 62nd overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
"His name is Andy Isabella," Cruz told AOL.com on behalf of DSW. "He's a player, man."
Isabella first caught Cruz's attention while playing college football at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where Cruz also played. In his senior year, Isabella averaged nearly 17 yards per reception and scored 13 touchdowns en route to being named to the 2018 College Football All-America Team. His 141.5 receiving yards per game last year led the country.
"I've watched him, I heard things about him from his coaches," Cruz continued. "I know he's going to do well. His work ethic is through the roof."
The Cardinals acquired the pick they used on Isabella when they traded quarterback Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins. That move came shortly after Arizona drafted quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall selection.
Isabella, who was also a track star in high school, ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash at the 2019 combine. The speedy receiver should prove to be a useful weapon for Arizona's young quarterback as the team looks to improve from a 3-13 record in 2018.