Scouting the Independence Bowl for NFL talent

Iowa State was the biggest surprise of the Big 12 this season after almost winning the North division of the conference. In a similar fashion, many were surprised the way the Miami Redhawks performed in '04, especially after losing Ben Rothlisberger. A pair of very good cornerbacks grace the field in this contest, including one fast riser.

Iowa State

Ellis Hobbs/CB/11/4Sr: Unheralded cover corner with terrific skills.  Projects well to the next level and quickly moving up draft boards as we speak.

Tyson Smith/OLB/1/5Sr:   Solid athlete with good size\speed numbers.  Did a good job his at linebacker this season after spending the prior two years at defensive end.

Cale Stubbe/G/53/5Sr: Big, thick lineman that gives top effort.  Marginal athlete with limited abilities in space.  College tackle that projects to guard.

Tony Yelk/PK/14/5Sr: Double duty prospect used as a placekicker, punter and on field goals.  Possesses good leg strength but has not shown much consistency.


Larry Burt/DT/91/5Sr: Big, strong space eater in the middle best defending the run.  Displays flashes of skill yet has never been overly productive and shows marginal skills rushing the passer.

Alphonso Hodge/CB/9/5Sr:  Solid cornerback with good cover skills.  Projects well as a nickel back at the next level.

Martin Nance/WR/15/4Jr:  Nice sized receiver with excellent speed.  Has the abilities to control games or break them wide open.  Suffered an injury midway through the season and presently on the sidelines.  Will be highly ranked as we move towards the 2006 draft.

Matt Pusateri/S/19/5Sr:  Tough, intelligent defensive back consistently flying around the football trying to make positive plays.  Possesses marginal speed and cover skills to be anything other then a strong safety in a zone or two-deep system.

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