'06 NFL Draft Watch: Iowa State

Coming out of nowhere, Iowa State was in contention for the Big 12's Northern Division title up until the final regular season game last year. A well-coached team that gets a lot out of a little, the Cyclones NFL talent is mainly of the late round variety.  

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The top prospects on offense come from the underclassmen ranks starting with receiver Todd Blythe.  A tall receiver with reliable hands, Blythe is a smart player who effectively uses the sidelines and shows good instincts on the field.  Shielding opponents away with his large frame he consistently makes the reception and helps out as a downfield blocker.  A possession receiver, Blythe is a solid prospect for the future.  Tackle Aaron Brant is a strong and nasty lineman who controls opponents at the point of attack.  Jolting defenders, Brant works hard throughout the action yet lacks adjustment and lumbers about the field.  Only a junior, Brant could develop into one of the better strong side blockers for 2007.  Running back Stevie Hicks is a patient back who takes it North\South and consistently finds the running lanes.  Not a powerful runner, he cannot quickly cut back in a small area or run to daylight.  He has potential as a number four back in the NFL.  

Defensively there are several late frame selections starting with the tackle Nick Leaders. A hard working lineman, Leaders is quick off the snap and gives an honest days effort yet lacks size and upside for the next level.  Tim Dobbins is another hard worker at middle linebacker and a defender with a good head for the ball.  Firing up the field, he is explosive filling gaps but has marginal skill in space.  Safety Nick Moser is a hard hitting, run defending defensive back, best playing downhill.  Displaying some skill in zone, Moser is also a terrific special teams player. 

Iowa State Prospect List

Name Pos # Yr
Todd Blythe WR 1 3So
Aaron Brant T 75 3Jr
Tim Dobbins ILB 44 4Sr
Stevie Hicks RB 27 4Jr
Nick Leaders DT 66 4Sr
Nik Moser S 9 5Sr

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