Scouting the Big 12: Iowa St

Coach Dan McCarney turned this program around after it looked like he was close to getting the axe. Three consecutive bowl appearances changed the fortunes for one of college football's good guys. Possibly, a single first day pick sits on the ISU roster.

Offensively things will be different without Seneca Wallace, yet two of his former favorite targets are both late round possibilities. Lane Danielsen is a solid wide out with a complete game. Danielsen plays fast, has very reliable hands and comes through in the clutch. He does not pass the eyeball test, but is worth a look in the late rounds. Fellow pass catcher Jamaul Montgomery comes through with the difficult grab on occasion and should get late round looks if he improves the consistency of his game and steps up the production. Tackle Casey Shelton is an efficient lineman and blocks with solid fundamentals, using effective body positioning and angles to keep defenders from the action. He lacks the great athleticism, lateral agility and upside, but is worth bringing into camp. Guard Bob Montgomery displays great pop at the point and ability to get movement form his run blocks yet is only effective in a very small area.

On the other side of the ball defensive end Tyson Smith reminds us of former Cyclone Reggie Heyward, though Smith may be a better prospect. A terrific athlete, Smith rushes the edge with speed and displays tremendous range with the ability to play in space. Though he lacks bulk, Smith holds his ground against blocks and is rarely off his feet. If he shows up with added bulk and runs fast at the combine he could jump into the top 75, otherwise teams may view him as a project at linebacker. At inside tackle, Jordan Carstens is a hard worker that explodes off the snap with a great first step. Carstens lacks the bulk and gets handled in one-on-one blocking situations, hence he will drop into the late rounds.

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