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Hoosiers and the 2017 NFL Draft

Peegs.com examines the former Indiana players that are hoping to catch on with NFL teams this weekend during the 2017 NFL Draft.

The 2017 NFL Draft gets underway tonight as teams will make their first-round selections starting at 8:00 P.M. Offensive lineman Dan Feeney is the top draft prospect from Indiana, and there is a chance he could hear his name called tonight. Besides Feeney there a few other Hoosiers that will have a chance to join an NFL team at some point this weekend, either as a drafted player or as an undrafted free agent. Peegs.com takes a look at the top draft prospects from IU and where they are projected to be taken.

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Dan Feeney is a two-time captain for the Hoosiers that became just the fourth player in program history to earn first team All-America status twice, and just the third to earn those honors in back-to-back seasons. He started the first 41 games of his career at right guard and the final five at right tackle. In those 46 games, Feeney allowed just two sacks in 3,355 snaps.

Following the 2016 season Feeney was named an Associated Press First Team All-American, and he also earned All-America recognition from Scout.com (1st team), Walter Camp Football Foundation (2nd team), CBS Sports (2nd team) and Athlon Sports (2nd team). He was named First Team All-Big Ten, and he was honored as Indiana’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player and he earned the team’s Chris Dal Sasso Award (Outstanding Lineman). Before the season he was named to the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists.

Following the 2015 season Feeney was named an ESPN.com First Team All-American, and he also earned All-America recognition from CBS Sports, the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated. He was named First Team All-Big Ten, as well as being named IU’s Offensive Teammate of the Year. Before the season he was named to the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award Watch Lists.

Following the 2014 season Feeney was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, and he earned the team’s Hoosier Iron Award (Outstanding Weight Room Performance).

Following the 2012 season Feeney was named to the FoxSportsNext.com/Scout.com Freshman All-America First Team. He also received Honorable Mention All-Big Ten from the league’s coaches and media, and he earned Freshman All-American Honorable Mention honors from CollegeFootballNews.com. He was named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team, and he was named to the BTN.com Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Freshman team.

NFL.com Scouting Report for Feeney

OVERVIEW: In most cases, guards are not on "draft watch" after their junior seasons. Feeney's talent, though, made everyone in Indiana happy that he decided to return to school in 2016. The Illinois product started all 12 games for the Hoosiers at right guard as a true freshman, garnering honorable mention All-Big Ten honors. A pre-season foot injury caused him to redshirt the 2013 season, but he returned the following year with another honorable mention all-conference season. Feeney was a third-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten pick in his third year at right guard, allowing no sacks during the seasons. Coaches asked Feeney to move to right tackle at times during his first-team All-American/Big Ten senior season due to injuries at that position.

STRENGTHS: Tough guy with a banger mentality. Decent arm length for the position. Above-average pass protector on interior. Feet are light enough to slide quickly in either direction to protect the edge in pass-pro. Very aware of twists and blitzes. Shoots a strong punch that can jar gap shooters out of the gap and can put a sting into both twisters as he snaps and catches. Zone-blocking specialist with desired lateral quickness. Takes well-planned routes up to second-level targets on difficult backside cutoffs. Able to get around corner with pace when asked to long pull. Good patience. Finds his landmarks and strikes them. Rarely commits early to a block. Waits until he's in proper position. Plays with redirect power in his upper body. Will take it to the whistle and looks to finish with some menace. Effective blocker in screen game.

WEAKNESSES: Carries weight in upper body and lacks some sand in his pants. Pops upright after the snap. Poor pad level and a narrow base creates contact-balance issues. Shows a lack of knee bend that makes change of direction in space a task. Is a bit straight-linish in his approach. Unable to generate consistent push as a base blocker. Needs to improve hip sink for better leverage and to sustain his blocks. Hand speed is decent but punch is a little wide. Missed all of 2013 with a foot injury and missed four games due to effects from a concussion sustained early in the season.

SOURCES TELL US: “If he's a zone-only guard then what is his value? You can find those types of guards in the later rounds and not spend as much money on them. If you think he's more than just a zone guard then he goes on the second day (Rounds 2-3). I wouldn't take him until the third day personally." -- AFC scouting director

NFL COMPARISON: Clint Boling

BOTTOM LINE: Four-year starter and two-time team captain, Feeney has been the consistent anchor along an Indiana offensive line that helped to produce NFL running backs Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard. Feeney is a quality zone blocker with an ability to pull and lead the charge, but he might lack the play strength to become a reliable base blocker. His intelligence and ability to operate in space and protect the quarterback could make him an early starter with a ceiling of above-average NFL guard or center.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Round 2

DraftAnalyst.com Scouting Report for Feeney

BIO: Four-year starter who earned First Team All-American honors as a senior when he allowed just one sack. Started 37 games at right guard before his senior season, when he started four at right guard and five at right tackle. Earned First Team All-Big Ten as a junior with no sacks allowed and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in his first two seasons with Indiana.

POSITIVES: Tough, dominant lineman with the versatility to play guard or center. Strong, gets his hands into opponents and easily rides them from their angles of attack. Displays power in his lower body, drives opponents from the action and opens up big holes for the running game. Explosive, plays with a nasty attitude and works hard to finish blocks. Patient, fundamentally sound and stays square. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage and seals opponents from the play. Shows great blocking vision and works well with linemates.

NEGATIVES: Lacks range and ineffective any distance from the line of scrimmage. Struggled with concussions last season which forced him to the sidelines.

ANALYSIS: Feeney was a tremendous college lineman and consistently dominated opponents. He had a terrific week during Senior Bowl practices lining up at both guard and center and moves towards the draft as one of the most NFL-ready blockers available.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Round 2

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Ralphael Green appeared in 47 career games at Indiana with 19 starts. He finished his Indiana career with 92 tackles (53 solo), 21 tackles for loss, eight pass break-ups, four sacks, two blocked field goals and one forced fumble.

Following the 2016 season Green earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors, and he earned the team's Harold Mauro “Loyalty to IU Football” Award.

Following the 2013 season Green earned CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America Honorable Mention honors, and he was named to BTN.com Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Freshman team. He also was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week following Indiana’s game against Ohio State.

NFL.com Scouting Report for Green

OVERVIEW: Green made the journey from San Antonio, Texas to Bloomington, Indiana for college. After a redshirt season, he started nine of 12 games, making 25 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and one sack in 2013. Green had a lesser role as a sophomore (no starts, 19 tackles, 4.5 TFL, sack) and junior (three starts, 17 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks), though he played significant minutes. Green had an off-field incident before his junior year where he allegedly slapped a woman for not dancing with him at a bar; he received community service and probation for the offense. He returned to a prominent force in his senior year, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors with 31 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and a sack.

STRENGTHS: Possesses decent length with good overall size on his frame. Gets up the field with initial quickness and can be disruptive against zone plays. Has experience at both the 3- and 5-techniques. Has the size and length to potentially fit as a 3-4 defensive end. Has power in his upper body to punch and press blockers off his frame. Shows an ability to anchor and stuff double teams when he has his feet set and pad level right. Uses effective arm-over move to swim into backfield and create tackles for loss.

WEAKNESSES: Works upright and without desired knee bend at point of attack. Somewhat leggy for an interior defender and ends up on ground too often. Allows base to get too narrow when working laterally. Elevated pad level creates issues with contact balance when redirected. Marginal tackle and sack production. Finished with just 4.5 sacks in four years. Doesn't have the feet or overall quickness to outwork blocker around the edge as rusher. Initial rush plan can stall very quickly. Had four offsides penalties this season.

BOTTOM LINE: Green is a little leggy and upright, causing balance issues when he doesn't bend and widen out his base, but he does flash some pop at the point of attack. Green's production level was lower than it should have been considering his physical talent, but he could benefit if he gets paired with a team who allows him to stick in a 2-gapping scheme up front. With very limited pass rush potential, Green's ceiling might be as a backup interior lineman.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority Free Agent

DraftAnalyst.com Scouting Report for Green

BIO: Two-year starter who started nine games as a freshman and was a part-time starter the next two seasons. Honorable Mention All-Big ten as a senior after recording 31 tackles (8.5 for loss) and one sack. Had 61 tackles (16.5 for loss) and three sacks during his first three seasons.

POSITIVES: Quick, explosive gap occupier with potential at nose tackle. Plays with a large degree of quickness, fires off the snap and displays terrific lower-body power. Bull-rushes and overpowers opponents off the line and barrels his way up the field. Competitive, plays through the whistle and slides off blocks to get to the ball handler. Vocal and leads by example.

NEGATIVES: Occasionally gets tall and is stymied at the point. Must develop more moves with his hands. Poor pass rusher. Best in a straight line.

ANALYSIS: Consistently productive for Indiana, Green is a defensive tackle who takes up a lot of space in the middle of the line. Warranting the attention of opponents, he does a nice job occupying blocks and allowing teammates to make plays on the ball.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority Free Agent

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Marcus Oliver declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season. The Ohio native is Indiana’s all-time leader with 12 forced fumbles. In 39 career games with 25 starts Oliver recorded 255 tackles (157 solo), 24.5 tackles for loss, 12 forced fumbles, seven pass break-ups, five sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Following the 2016 season Oliver earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors, and he was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week following Indiana’s win over Maryland. He was also named IU’s Defensive Teammate of the Year and he was a team captain.

Following the 2015 season Oliver earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors, and he was named IU’s Defensive Teammate of the Year, as well as being a team captain.

Following the 2013 he was named to the BTN.com Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Freshman team.

NFL.com Scouting Report for Oliver

OVERVIEW: Javier Demarcus Oliver goes by Marcus, a name that scouts have gotten to know over the past couple of seasons as he made plays for the Hoosiers. He showed skills early, making 37 tackles as a reserve linebacker as a true freshman in 2013. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL three games into his sophomore year (10 tackles), leading to a medical redshirt. There was no slowing down Oliver in 2015, as he led the team with 112 tackles, 6.5 for loss, intercepted two passes, broke up another and forced four fumbles on the year. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten in his junior 2016 season (96 tackles, 15.5 for loss, four sacks), tying for fifth in the FBS with five forced fumbles.

STRENGTHS: Natural-born hitter. Plays with an aggressive nature and always takes the most physical path possible. Thumper between the tackles. Maintains eyes on the ball. Instincts are solid and will trigger quickly downhill. Lays into lead blocks or second-level climbers with a heavy shoulder than can jar the blocker. Has power in his hips and legs to grind past angle blocks and maintain his play balance. Productive two-year starter with a high number of his stops coming near line of scrimmage. Consistent in his pursuit. Considered a high-character person and hard worker in practice and in the weight room. Heads-up, chest first tackler lands with force. Forced five fumbles this season and 11 for his career.

WEAKNESSES: Tight-hipped banger with heavy feet. Lacks the agility or twitch for stop-and-start pursuit. Slow to accelerate to the ball after changing direction. Below average body control in his pursuit. Lack of reactive athleticism leads to missed tackles in space. Play speed is below average and limits his range as a tackler. Downhill flow gets him caught up behind blockers. Is a huge liability in man coverage. Lacks the athletic ability to stick with his man through route breaks and allows crossing routes to uncover quickly.

BOTTOM LINE: Oliver is an extremely physical interior thumper who plays his best football when allowed to play downhill and bring his pads into play. Unfortunately, Oliver is more segmented than fluid in his movement and his lack of play speed and acceleration will be a big issue when it comes to chasing down running backs headed for the perimeter. Oliver's lack of speed and ability to cover could force him into trying to earn a role as a backup inside linebacker for a 3-4 defense.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority Free Agent

DraftAnalyst.com Scouting Report for Oliver

BIO: Two-year starter who earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a senior. Led the Big Ten with five forced fumbles and finished tied for third with 15.5 tackles for loss. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a junior after recording 100 tackles (6.5 for loss) with a sack and four forced fumbles. Tore his ACL early in his sophomore season.

POSITIVES: Stout, explosive linebacker best in the box. Physical, works to get involved and sells out on the blitz. Tough run defender, forceful up the field and breaks down well. Explosive at the point and sells out on the blitz. Holds his ground against blocks and sets the edge.

NEGATIVES: Displays marginal quickness in his game and shows a lot of stiffness. Slow changing direction. Indecisive and slow to react. Inefficient and usually takes improper angles to the action, removing himself from plays.

ANALYSIS: Oliver was a tackling machine for Indiana last season and made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage but lacks the overall instincts and agility necessary to play on Sundays.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority Free Agent

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Devine Redding declared for the draft after his junior season. The Ohio native became the fourth Hoosier to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and the first since Vaughn Dunbar in 1990-91. In IU history he ranks seventh in rushing attempts with 508, 11th in rushing yardage with 2,252, and tied for 11th in rushing touchdowns with 17 and 100-yard rushing games with eight. Redding averaged 4.4 yards per carry in 36 career games with 17 starts. For his career he had had 40 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns.

Following the 2016 season Redding earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors and he was named IU’s Offensive Teammate of the Year, and he earned the team’s Corby Davis Memorial Award (Outstanding Back). Before the season he was a member of the Doak Walker Award Watch List.

NFL.com Scouting Report for Redding

OVERVIEW: Devine's father, Desmond, played football at Fresno City College before a knee injury ended his career. He helped his son become a solid high school back at vaunted Glenville High School, but Indiana was his only scholarship offer through most of the recruiting process. The Hoosiers got a good back in Redding, who was the first back since Vaughn Dunbar in 1990-91 to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2016 (253-1,122, seven TDs rushing; 27-146, two TDs receiving), one season after reaching four digits in rushing as a sophomore (226-1,012, nine TDs rushing; 12-85 receiving). In his first season with the program, he played in 10 games (29-118, one TD).

STRENGTHS: Patient runner who operates with desired tempo for zone scheme. Runs with wide eyes and good peripheral vision on stretch plays and sweeps. Responds quickly when cut-back lane begins to develop for him. Pace is good from first to second level. Has a feel for development of blocking in front of him and is able to make a sudden decision when necessary. Smooth in his reads from first to second level. Has subtle, efficient shifts in direction without gearing down when rolling downhill. Decisive runner with feet in a constant state of chop while probing for openings.

WEAKNESSES: Could use more weight on his frame. Runs with hip tightness that strangles his ability to make sharp cuts and directional changes. Has tendency to roll into cuts which puts him into harm's way prematurely. Lacks memorable power at impact and will lose more battles than he wins when challenging with force. Has very few clean broken tackles over last two seasons. Leg drives and contact balance are inconsistent. Quicker than fast. May struggle to keep runs play-side and out-race the defense to the corner. Primarily a check-down and swing pass option in passing game.

NFL COMPARISON: Alex Collins

BOTTOM LINE: Garden variety zone-scheme runner who has the decisiveness and vision to operate in that offense, but lacks the explosiveness, size and play strength to make a living as an NFL starter. Redding is more of a grinder than a special talent, and he'll likely just get what is blocked, but he's also capable enough to handle work in a zone scheme if called upon and should compete for the third running back spot.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority Free Agent

DraftAnalyst.com Scouting Report for Redding

BIO: Took over the full-time starting role in 2016. Ran for 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and a junior. Rushed 508 times for 2,252 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career and caught 27 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns in his final season with the Hoosiers.

POSITIVES: Strong north/south ball carrier with a one-dimensional game. Runs with excellent lean behind his pads, keeps his feet moving and breaks tackles to pick up yardage off initial contact. Drags defenders for extra yardage and is tough to bring down. Patient and waits for blocks to develop. Displays a burst through the hole, effectively follows blocks and works in all areas of the game. Gives effort blocking. Strong at the point, squares into defenders and slides in pass protection.

NEGATIVES: Solely a between-the-tackles, downhill ball carrier. Struggles when he tries to run east/west. Could show little more patience in his running. Poor pass catcher out of the backfield.

ANALYSIS: Redding was very productive carrying the ball for Indiana last season and gets the most from his ability. He has a one-dimensional game, poor size and speed numbers and is a poor pass catcher out of the backfield, which will make it a struggle for him at the next level.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority Free Agent

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Dimitric Camiel played in career games at Indiana with 20 starts. He started 19 games at right tackle and one game at left tackle. He missed all but two games of the 2016 season after a back injury that required surgery. Before the season he was a member of the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List.

DraftAnalyst.com Scouting Report for Camiel

BIO: Broke into the starting lineup as a junior and started the first two games as a senior before suffering a season-ending back injury. Made 19 starts at right tackle and one at left tackle during his Hoosiers career.

POSITIVES: Large, strong offensive tackle prospect who is now a medical risk. Works to bend his knees, possesses tremendous size and is a strong run blocker. Plays with a nasty attitude, stays with assignments and works to annihilate opponents. Explosive at the point, stays square and easily controls defenders once engaged at the point. Works well with linemates.

NEGATIVES: Ducks his head which hurts his ability to finish blocks. Not light on his feet, lumbers around the field and has proven ineffective any distance from the line of scrimmage. Lacks footwork and lateral range in pass protection.

ANALYSIS: Entering the season Camiel was a potential late-round choice, but back surgery that ended his season in October has put that in jeopardy. He possesses the size, strength and ability to back up at right tackle if healthy.

DRAFT PROJECTION: Priority Free Agent

Wide receivers Ricky Jones and Mitchell Paige and running back/linebacker Clyde Newton are other former Hoosiers that are hoping to get picked up after the draft is over as priority free agents.

Ricky Jones played in 42 career games and started 26 games for the Hoosiers. In his career he had 111 receptions for 1,814 yards and eight touchdowns. His receiving yardage is 12th all-time in program history. He became the 20th Hoosier to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards, and he is tied for 10th on the program’s career list with five 100-yard games. Before the 2016 season he was a member of the Biletnikoff Watch List. Following the season he earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors, and he was named IU’s Special Teams Player of the Year, as well as being a team captain.

Mitchell Paige played in 35 career games with 24 starts for the Hoosiers. In his career he had 115 receptions for 1,330 yards and 10 touchdowns. He became the 19th Hoosier to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards. Paige shares second on the program’s career list with two punt return touchdowns, and he finished his career with 39 punt returns for 360 yards. The 360 return yards is 11th all-time at IU. He also rushed eight times for 47 yards with one touchdown, and he completed 2-of-4 passes for 21 yards and one touchdown. For his career Paige had 1,737 career all-purpose yards. Following the 2016 season he earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors, he was a semifinalist for Burlsworth Trophy, and he was a member of the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. He was also an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee and a Senior CLASS Award candidate. He earned the team’s Ted Verlihay “Mental Attitude” Award, as well as being a team captain. Following the 205 season Paige earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a return specialist, and he earned the team’s Howard Brown “Dedication to IU Football” Award.

Clyde Newton played in 40 career games and started 17 games for the Hoosiers. He played in 37 games with 17 starts at linebacker, and he played in three career games at running back. As a linebacker he recorded 98 tackles (56 solo), three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 0.5 sacks. Following the 2013 season he was named to the BTN.com Honorable mention All-Big Ten Freshman Team.


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