Scouting the Big 10: Iowa 

One of the more competitive teams in the Big 10 the past five years, Iowa looks to take the next step this season and has an abundance of talent on a roster. As many as six prospects will be first day selections in upcoming drafts, with the potential for several top 32 choices.

One of the more productive yet least talked about receivers in college football, Clinton Solomon is a prospect who projects nicely to the next level.  A heady pass catcher that constantly gets separation, Solomon displays  consistency and the ability to come away with the difficult catch during the games critical moments.  Possessing outstanding timing as well as eye\hand coordination, he is  deceptively fast and possesses a long burst of speed.  Doing the little things right, Solomon always works to make himself an available target and at the same time is an outstanding blocker.  Only a three year player, his draft ranking should start to take off this season.  Tight end Scott Chandler is a nice sized athlete and outstanding pass catcher who must develop as a blocker.  Always finding a way to get open, Chandler has a detailed game and does the little things well.  Tall with a thin build he must improve his playing strength and bulk to his frame but could be an early pick in either '06 or '07.  Senior Ed Hinkel possesses adequate size to be a fifth receiver in the NFL yet must earn his wage on special teams.  Iowa as a history of putting solid offensive lineman into the NFL and Lee Gray could be the next one from the program.  A patient pass protector, Gray easily slides out and possesses good footwork.  Working hard, he stays with assignments but is an average run blocker who does not display top balance.  Displaying flashes last season, Gray is one to watch and could take off with a good senior campaign. Gray is still suffering from a knee injury and it is possible he will sit out the '05 campaign. 

On defense Iowa has a pair of highly rated linebackers.  Chad Greenway is an intelligent defender with outstanding instincts and a well rounded game.  Effective in pass coverage, he makes plays sideline-to-sideline and does stands out stopping the run on the outside.  Disciplined, Greenway shows almost a sixth sense on the football field and and will be a top 32 pick next April.  Teammate Abdul Hodge is another scrappy linebacker with a good head for the game.  Tough in run defense, he also displays excellent range and footwork moving in any direction of the field.  Quick to recognize the action, Hodge flows nicely to the ball carrier and is rarely off his feet.  Undersized, he gets caught up in the wash and is not overly efficient.  Playing in the middle at Iowa, Hodge projects nicely to outside linebacker in the NFL and is top 60 material.  The Hawkeye's have a trio of prospects to watch in the secondary starting with cornerback and want Antwan Allen.  A competitive defender with top playing speed, Allen displays quickness and explosion in all aspects of his game.  Neither physical nor strong at the point of attack, he is best backed off the line of scrimmage.  Jovan Johnson does not possess the size or playing speed his teammate yet is a feisty defender who will mix it up.  Displaying an excellent break on the throw, he looks best suited as a nickel back in zone coverage.  Finally junior Marcus Paschal is a hard hitting defensive back and one to watch from a program that consistently puts quality safeties into the NFL.

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