Scouting the Big 10: Indiana Hoosiers

It's summer which means baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and....forget about that. It means we start scouting for next April's NFL Draft! Hard at work since May reviewing last seasons tape, we begin our annual right of summer; scouting the nation for the top NFL talent in the college ranks. Over the next two-and-a-half months we will break down every team in I-A, as well as a few small school programs, concentrating on the players who will impact the draft of 2005. We start with the Big Ten.

Gerry DiNardo begins his second season as head coach in Bloomington and the Hoosiers are expected to better their one win season in the Big Ten from 2003. Though the team has another year under its belt, the talent on the roster is thin and less than a handful of players have marginal potential for the next level.


Offensively the top pro-prospect is receiver  Courtney Roby.  A sure-handed pass with a good feel for the position, Roby does a solid job reading the defense and knows how to get open.  Consistently catching the ball away from his frame, he is a reliable target that comes away with the reception on third down.  By no means a deep threat, Roby lacks top playing speed and may be best as a third receiver in the NFL.  Hampered by a knee injury most of his junior season, Roby needs a big senior campaign to jump back into the mix with for next April's draft.  Aaron Halterman is a nice sized tight end that gives effort blocking yet also excels as a pass catcher.  Another lacking top playing speed, Halterman may be best for a team that keeps three tight ends on the roster.  Offensive lineman Chris Jahnke is a hard working blocker that has the versatility to be used at either guard position or at center.  A top competitor with a good feel for the position, he is only a limited athlete, best in confined quarters and a prospect that lacks the great upside for the next level.  Finally, quarterback Matt LoVecchio moves into his final season in the college ranks.  The former Notre Dame passer lacks size, pocket stature as well as an NFL arm, but has the agility to make plays on the move and is very accurate in the short field.  Right now LoVecchio has a slight chance to make it as a backup passer for a West Coast offensive system.

Defensively there is not much to choose from.  At one time and Damien Jones was considered a top prospect at cornerback but the sophomore had to sit out the last season due to academic ineligibility and is not presently on the Hoosiers active roster.

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