Ask D&D: Iowa Mailbag June 19

This week's Iowa mailbag on Hawkeye Insider covers some recruiting questions and a few discussions on upcoming Fall camp.

HOW GOOD OF A CHANCE DOES IOWA HAVE WITH CAMRON BUCKLEY?

Dylan: I think Iowa's chances with Buckley are getting a lot better.  And I think that has a lot to do with Peyton Mansell and Eno Benjamin down in Texas.  Buckley is my favorite WR in this class and it'd obviously be huge if Iowa can land him. 

Derek: I've been told it will likely be Ole Miss or Iowa. I'd like the Hawkeyes' chances a bit more if they could get him on campus soon but that may not happen. At the same time, it's not like he's really taking a bunch of visits elsewhere and he did attend the satellite camp in Dallas and that's notable. Adding Peyton Mansell would help. 

THOUGHTS ON PEYTON MANSELL? WHAT DO PEOPLE THAT COVER HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITING IN TEXAS THINK OF HIM?

Dylan: I'm a really big Peyton Mansell fan.  He throws a really good ball, has a nice presence in the pocket, and seems to be very aware of what is going on around him.  The biggest thing that jumps out at me is his mobility.  He's more set to play in the spread, but I think he'll be fine at Iowa if he chooses to come.

Derek: Peyton Mansell is a pretty good prospect. I like him more than Kamron Fields. He's not the scrambler, but he's mobile enough to have success in Iowa's offense. His footwork is in check, he can make most of the throws now, and is accurate. He doesn't have a cannon, but it's strong enough and I think he still has some more growing to do by looking at his frame. He's a smart football player. 

ARE KIRK FERENTZ AND GREG DAVIS GOING TO UPDATE OR CHANGE THE OFFENSIVE SCHEME? SINCE TEAMS HAVE BEEN STUDYING DAVIS FOR FOUR YEARS NOW, AND LIKE KIRK FERENTZ THEY ARE PRETTY PREDICTABLE. I HOPE LIKE CRAZY THEY WOULD THROW IN 40-80 PLAYS THAT ARE THROWN FOR 20-30 YARDS. THAT WOULD OPEN UP THE RUN GAME EVEN MROE AND HELP MANAGE THE CLOCK. MORE IMPORTANTLY IT WOULD RESULT IN MORE TOUCHDOWNS INSTEAD OF FIELD GOALS.

Dylan: Until Iowa gets some big play receivers to campus, I don't see them switching anything up.  The run game has been their bread and butter for I don't even know how long.  When you have a big, stout offensive line you can run the ball like crazy.  C.J. Beathard does have the arm to take shots down the field, but Iowa doesn't have that true wideout that can create separation on a regular basis downfield.

Derek: I hope you were watching them last year. They did take more shots down field because they trusted that they had a quarterback that could do it. They're not going to get away from their core, nor should they. It's been successful. You have a nasty offensive line, use them. They stuck with the run game a lot last year but rightfully so, they were one of the best running teams in the country. But they did take more shots downfield last year and it helps to have Beathard's arm and Tevaun Smith's vertical presence. They are going to still be developing a vertical presence this year in Jerminic Smith so it may be a slow start in that regard for the 2016 season.

ARE THEY GOING TO TAKE THREE WIDE RECEIVERS? IF YOU HAD A WISH LIST, WHICH WIDE RECEIVERS WOULD YOU TAKE AND WHY?

Dylan: With how talented the group is that they are targeting at WR, I could definitely see them taking three WR's.  I already mentioned that Buckley is atop my list, but after that I'd want to take Maurice Bell, that California prospect, and then Gavin Holmes, the recent Duke de-commit.  Holmes will be in Iowa City next weekend.

Derek: Yes, it'll be three receivers. They only took one a year ago since Frank Darby did not sign and that only made the emphasis on wideout that much more important for the 2017 recruiting class. The three I would take would be Camron Buckley, Shamond Greenwood, and Gavin Holmes. They're all playmakers and the top targets at the position. However, that is likely not going to be the three. I think there's some momentum within the coaching staff right now to offer Oliver Martin of Iowa City West. That is a situation worth keeping an eye on. I also think they really, really like Gavin Holmes and the chances of nabbing him are greater than reeling in Greenwood.

DOES JAMEER OUTSEY LEAVING MEAN THAT THEY WILL TRY TO GE A TIGHT END IN THIS CLASS? DO THEY SEE JACOB COONS AS A HYBRID THAT COULD BULK UP AND PLAY THERE?

Dylan: I don't think they try to get another one, honestly.  I've always been a pretty big Nate Vejvoda fan although we haven't seen much from him since he's been in Iowa City.  They took T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant, and Shaun Beyer in 2016 and then they have Coons lined up for 2017.  Coons can probably play either TE or maybe some LB, but he'll need to put on some weight before that happens.  I really like the TE's they brought in for 2016, so I don't see them taking another in 17.

Derek: No. The fact that Outsey is transferring has no impact on the tight end position moving forward. He left because he didn't believe there was going to be playing time to be had going forward which means the Iowa staff is very high on the true freshmen coming in. Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson will definitely line up at tight end and possibly Shaun Beyer, though I think he may begin on defense. Coons is a tight end prospect and that's how they've recruited him.

WHAT IS YOUR GAME 7 PREDICTION?

Dylan: The Cavs have so much momentum it's hard to pick against them here.  Andrew Bogut is out, Andre Igoudala is hurting, and Harrison Barnes has been brutal.  Couple all that with Lebron playing out of his mind and I don't see the Warriors winning.  The Cavs are healthy and they have all the momentum here. Cavs taking game 7.

Derek: I'm a little biased because I grew up in Ohio so I want this bad for the Cavaliers and LeBron James. I think they can do it and I'll pick them to win. Golden State is struggling without Bogut because they do not have a rim protector and Harrison Barnes has shrunk up on them. They'll need the performances from LeBron and Kyrie like they got in Game 6, and I think they get it.


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