HOW HIGH OF A DRAFT PICK WOULD THE COWBOYS GET FOR TONY ROMO?
DYLAN: Considering the Eagles got a first rounder for Sam Bradford I don't see why the Cowboys couldn't get a 1st or 2nd back for Romo.
DEREK: The Eagles got a first rounder because of how desperate the Vikings were at a playoff push once Teddy Bridgewater was injured. The Vikings knew they had a playoff roster if they just had a serviceable quarterback. The teams that will be in the market for the quarterbacks this season will be the Bears, 49ers, Jets, Browns, Jaguars, and Broncos. Only two of those makes sense for a veteran quarterback and that is the Jets and Broncos. Denver would never surrender a first rounder for a quarterback when they drafted one in the first round a year ago. I don't think Romo would want to go to the Jets and Dallas would set him up somewhere he wants to be. That leaves Denver who would likely dominate the negotiations. The best I could see is a 2nd round pick but it probably wouldn't even be that.
AT RUNNING BACK, ARE WE LOCKED IN WITH TOKS AKINRIBADE AND TOREN YOUNG OR DOES IVORY KELLY-MARTIN GET TIME, ALSO? I DON'T SEE DERRICK MITCHELL OR MARCEL JOLY GETTING MANY REPS, BUT I COULD BE WRONG THERE.
DYLAN: Running back is going to be Wadley now with his return. Toks and Toren behind him with Mitchell in the mix. Could honestly see Ivory Kelly-Martin redshirting now with Wadley's return. Would give him an extra year to get bigger and faster.
DEREK: I think Toks is the guy behind Wadley. After that, it all depends because Mitchell is kind of branded as the third down running back and that will be his role. There will be carries for someone else. Kelly-Martin could be in line for a redshirt but only if they're ready to give Toren Young touches instead.
ANY TALK OF A NEW OFFENSIVE COORDINDATOR?
DEREK: They obviously will be getting a new one. Candidates in my mind will be Joe Philbin, David Raih, and Brian Ferentz. A name outside of that group will probably be considered as well but those are the immediate names that make the most sense for Iowa. Remember, a 10th assistant coach could also be approved this Spring. There will be at least two new coaches added if that comes to fruition. I'm not sure what role it would be as but David Raih coming back to Iowa makes a lot of sense if two new coaches are definitely added. I could also see another defensive coach added with the 10th addition to give them more than three coaches dedicated solely to the defensive side of the ball. Right now Kelvin Bell is also on that side of the ball but he's also devoted to some of the recruiting operations as well.
CAN QB COMMIT PEYTON MANSELL RUN A LITTLE OR IS HE A TYPICAL IOWA DROP-BACK PASSER? I DREAM OF ANOTHER BRAD BANKS ALTHOUGH C.J. BEATHARD, WHEN HEALTHY, HAD SOME KEY RUNS.
DYLAN: Mansell tore it up on the ground in his senior season. Don't know the exact yardage, but he was up there. I think Peyton has a little bit more mobility that Beathard did.
DEREK: He can run a little. I don't think he's some glorified scrambler or dual-threat quarterback but he's far from a statue.
DO YOU REALLY THINK IOWA HAD THE BEST OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE COUNTRY THIS YEAR?
DYLAN: I thought Alabama did. But I watched every Iowa game and was able to see where the excelled and where they didn't. Iowa definitely has one of the best offensive line units in the nation when it comes to run blocking. I didn't think pass protection was very good this year.
DEREK: I think they were a pretty good offensive line this year but probably not the best. They looked far worse as a unit than what they really were because of the predictable play-calling at times, being very one-dimensional and having to throw out a lot of different combinations due to injuries. This was a group that was operating at quite the disadvantage. I don't think we were able to get a clear indication of just how good they really were.
WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS BETWEEN AKRUM WADLEY AND KIRK FERENTZ THAT WE KEEP READING ABOUT?
DEREK: I think Wadley just felt a little under-appreciated and he took it hard. He's also an outwardly emotional guy by nature so he tends to let his feelings, thoughts and emotions be more easily seen than the typical player. Some of it is due to the constant weight conversation that is brought up associated to him and some of it had to do with not being recognized as much as he felt he should have been at the awards banquet. He's coming back so I think they've patched things up and it was probably not as big of an issue as others made it. I just think he needed to be reassured.
NEW JERSEY WIDEOUT EDDIE LEWIS. SUPPOSEDLY HE HAS HAD AN IOWA OFFER FOR A LONG TIME. WAS RUMORED TO BE AN INDIANA LEAN. WITH THE COACHING CHANGE, WONDER IF HE IS LOOKING ELSEWHERE AND IF IOWA COULD GET INVOLVED AGAIN? CERTAINLY SEEMS TO FIT THE MOLD AND A NEED BUT HSI NAME HAS BEEN OFF THE RADAR FOR QUITE A WHILE. ANY RENEWED INTEREST BY IOWA? ARE THERE ACADEMIC ISSUES?
DEREK: Iowa definitely offered a while ago as indicated in the offer thread at the top of the page. He's probably had one for about a year. Lewis also was wanting to take a visit at one point but Iowa was looking good for Oliver Martin, Maurice Bell, Camron Buckley at that point and were on their way to landing Brandon Smith and Gavin Holmes. That left him out of the picture but sources close to Lewis had also indicated he would never go that far from home for college. But I think his options were limited and left Indiana as a solid choice because of how much Kevin Wilson liked to throw the ball. I don't think this one has ever been serious, nor will it be.
IS SCOUTING THE OFFICIALS' CREW AND THEIR TENDENCIES ANY PART OF GAME PREP?
I think that coaches take a look at the expected officials and just generally know what the tendencies are. But I don't think it's anything too in-depth. Most officials already have a reputation to where staffs know what to expect going in without having to do too much of a deep dive at all.
SOUNDS LIKE IOWA IS NOT REALLY RECRUITING LEWIS ANYMORE, BUT WOULD BE GREAT T OHEAR IF THEY LOCKED DOWN AN OFFICIAL VISIT OR AN IN-HOME VISIT WITH MARSETTE THOUGH SINCE HE DOES SEEM TO BE ONE THEY ARE STILL AFTER.
DEREK: Smith-Marsette visits Iowa on the weekend of January 20. I would say that's still good news for the Hawkeyes because Rutgers is really trying to prevent that trip from happening. So if he does make that planned trip, I'd say it's definitely a big step in the right direction for Iowa.
ASIDE FROM THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, WHAT CHANGES DO YOU THINK WILL BE MADE (AND SHOULD BE MADE) DURING THE OFFSEASON TO PREPARE FOR A BETTER 2017 SEASON?
DYLAN: I think the game prep needs to be better. The Hawkeyes looked lost in majority of the games they lost. Most notably the Florida and Northwestern losses. There is no way they should have lost to Northwestern at home. I thought they got out-schemed and the Wildcats executed a nice game plan that Iowa wasn't prepared for. Also, a commitment to the pass game. They'll have one of the most dynamic backs in the conference in Wadley, but they need to incorporate a pass game as well. The passing game was brutal this season and it allowed teams to really key on the run. And somehow Iowa still had two 1,000 yard backs. Imagine if they were a threat in the passing game as well. I think Stanley has all the tools, they just have to commit to it a little.
DEREK: I think a change is made to offensive coordinator to make those necessary changes. They need to become a little more diverse on the offensive end and develop some semblance of a passing game. Whether that's changing up the passing schemes just a little bit, developing players at the position better or becoming a little more unpredictable during games, the one change that needs to be made is to improve the passing game in some way.
DEREK, ANY INFORMATION ON A POTENTIAL WIDE RECEIVER RECRUIT TYRICE RICHIE? CURRENTLY A NORTHERN ILLINOIS COMMIT FROM HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR. READ THAT IOWA MIGHT BE IN TOUCH.
DEREK: Iowa can have the MAC recruits that they decide to flip any time they want I'm guessing. Tyrice Richie is one but there's a few others out there that they are going to look into. They could also offer Harry Van Dyne out of Kansas. They're still evaluating guys and that's why there's no offers. They have two receivers committed and they will only take two more if it's the right two. The right two would probably be Smith-Marsette and Oliver Martin. One seems more likely than the other. If not, the third will be an off-the-radar type guy like Richie, and they're talking to a few of those just in case, but their preferences would reside elsewhere.
DEREK, WHERE DO YOU SEE OUR THREE DE-COMMITS LANDING?
DEREK: Well, Eno Benjamin just wound up at Arizona State. Beau Corrales seems to really like Utah and Gavin Holmes would make a lot of sense at Arizona State as well. Not sure Corrales or Holmes are leans anywhere at this point, though.