Ask D&D: Iowa Mailbag June 3

Derek and Dylan answers the questions for the week from Hawkeye Insider members.

WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO COMMIT ON JUNE 26TH?

DEREK: Some prospects expected to be in attendance that weekend are defensive back Josiah Scott, wideout Chris Miller and linebacker Colin Anderson. Those would be the three marquee names that have confirmed. Other players will be added so this is probably a bit too early to guess on that. But out of that trio, Josiah Scott is a definite one to keep an eye on. They could add a few others before that.

DYLAN: I got a good feeling from Chris Miller. He said he'd probably hold off until later in the summer, but I think if the visit goes well and he likes it a lot he may commit.  He had Iowa and Colorado as his top 2, but if the Hawkeyes impress they may land his commitment.

WHO WILL BE PRESEASON NUMBER ONE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL?

DEREK: Oklahoma brings a lot back. Alabama is always loaded and weren't completely gutted by the draft. Clemson is still loaded. Those are three that jump out to me. I really like what LSU has on their roster this year as well and Stanford is a threat to win every game because of the presence of Christian McCaffrey. Florida State could also make a bounceback. But out of those teams, voters probably go with the safe pick so I'd lean towards Alabama.

DYLAN: Clemson will likely be number one in the college football preseason rankings. They return a lot of talent and Deshaun Watson will be the key. He'll be a heisman trophy hopeful and may lead the Tigers back to the national title game.

WHICH TRUE FRESHMEN WILL SEE TIME THIS YEAR?

DEREK: Because of the lack of depth along the defensive line, I see that as a likely position where a freshman can break through. Same with tight end since George Kittle is the only one proven. That leads me to believe in guys like Noah Fant and Cedrick Lattimore. There's probably another front-seven player that could see time just to separate the group by year since there's quite a few of them. In that respect, maybe a guy like Barrington Wade gets some spot-up duty. One of those defensive backs likely sees special teams work, and a strong candidate for that would be Amani Hooker or Emmanuel Rugamba. One of the running backs will see time to separate each other by year in all likelihood. I think Toks Akinribade would be best suited for that since he's probably more physically ready at this stage. I'd expect it to be 4-5 true freshmen again that burn their redshirt.

DYLAN: I'm not sure if this last one is geared towards football or basketball, but if it's football I think it could be Cedrick Lattimore. He's rated a four star by our recruiting rankings and could be ready to have an impact right away on the defensive line. He needs to tack on a little more weight, but he could be a prime candidate to spell Johnson and Bazata every so often.

YOUR FAR TOO EARLY IOWA FOOTBALL 2017 NFL DRAFT PROJECTIONS? WHO IS GETTING DRAFTED AND IN WHAT ROUND? WHO GOES UNDRAFTED BUT SIGNED?

DEREK: I'll say Desmond King goes in the middle or late first round. Jaleel Johnson is a candidate for the 3rd or 4th round I would think, maybe a little higher with a productive final season. I think Cole Croston could go in the 5th or 6th round. George Kittle should get drafted around the 4th round, too. The last one that would get drafted is quarterback C.J. Beathard. I see him around the same area as Croston, Kittle, and Jaleel Johnson. Undrafted free agents that should sign somewhere would be Matt VandeBerg, Greg Mabin, and LeShun Daniels. 

DYLAN: Desmond King should be a late first round pick, will need to get a little faster, but has the ball skills and instincts to be a very good corner in the NFL. I think CJB gets drafted, but it'll be later on.  George Kittle may get drafted as well. If he doesn't, he'll be signed by someone and will contribute eventually in the NFL. Other than that, I'm not so sure. Maybe Greg Mabin signs somewhere and possibly LeShun Daniels.

WILL A.J. EPENESA REDSHIRT?

DEREK: No. He's too much of a talent to leave off the field. He'll play in some capacity right away. 

DO YOU STILL THINK ZACH DYKSTRA WILL FLIP TO IOWA? ANY NEWS ON ANDREW VAN GINKEL?

DEREK: Right now it does not appear there's any chance that Dykstra will flip but I want to know what the situation looks like at the end of Fall and towards the winter when National Signing Day gets closer. Iowa can land Van Ginkel but it may have a decision to make in terms of numbers. They have a few other needs to address and they've already secured the pledges of four defensive linemen after taking a big haul at the position in the last class. This will be a small class so they may have to wait and see if they have the space available. 

WHO WINS THE NBA FINALS AND PREDICTION FOR FINALS MVP?

DEREK: I had Cleveland in 6 or 7 games. Last night wasn't a promising start and they have to win Game 2 to make this a competitive series to give themselves any kind of chance. But if they win, it's difficult seeing anyone take the MVP honors other than LeBron.

PEYTON MANSELL VS KAMRON FIELDS. CAN YOU DISCUSS THESE PLAYERS AND WHICH ONE ARE YOU TAKING IF GIVEN THE CHOICE?

DEREK: I hate to do it this way because with quarterbacks, you really have to see them in person to get a clear indication of what they're about and what they can do. Especially when you compare one to another. And I haven't seen either in person, only on tape. But based on the tape, I'd roll with Peyton Mansell over Kamron Fields. Fields is quicker on his feet and a true dual-threat but Mansell seems more like the complete package. Mansell actually scans the field instead of just relying on the first read all the time like Fields does. Mansell is asked to do more. He actually makes decisions within his offense and goes through progressions, has better footwork as a passer, and is plenty mobile enough to do damage if needed. Neither has an exceptionally strong arm. Fields can probably place a little more velocity on the ball while Mansell has better touch and possibly a little more distance on his throws. By observing the tape, Mansell would be who I prefer.

ALSO, HAVE WE COOLED ON FIELDS OR HAS HE COOLED ON US?

DEREK: I'm not sure if anyone has really cooled on anyone. Fields just isn't ready to make a decision and wants to check out and take a few visits like a lot of other prospects are doing, and with that comes risk. It's risk for Iowa to wait on him the whole way and him change his mind about picking the Hawkeyes. So they have to look out for themselves, they can't just stop looking at other possibilities. They have to be proactive, and they are.


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