Scouting the Big 12: Iowa State

Coach Dan McCarney, one of the nicest "tough guys" you will ever meet, has done a terrific job pulling the ISU program out of the gutter. Just when it looked as though coach would get canned he steered the ship in the right direction and made two consecutive bowl appearances. Their draft prospects have been solid middle frame choices but most of the picks next April will be of the late round variety.

Iowa State

Quarterback Seneca Wallace is a terrific collegiate signal caller; a top athlete that makes plays with his arm or legs.  Wallace has a big league arm and gets his passes down the field from either the pocket or on the move.  He is also a nimble runner that is effective when he tucks the ball and takes off.  Problem is he is not big, in fact he's a little short, and has difficulty seeing the field.  This is evident on the college level as he has difficulty finding the safety from the pocket.  Factor in only adequate accuracy and if he is drafted it won't be until the very late frames.  He's a developmental prospect that could be good to have on the roster as a third-string quarterback for the red-zone.  We'd hesitate contemplating a move to running back as he does not seem to have the speed and receiver may be a reach.   

Center Zach Butler may get some looks and one player to watch on offense is junior wide out Lane Danielsen, a consistent pass catcher with some abilities to stretch the defense. 

Defensively, a pair of linebackers will get draft consideration.  Matt Word is an active and athletic defender that makes plays sidelines-to-sidelines.  He is agile, explosive and physical, constantly looking to take part in the action.  Problem for Word is he's small, even for a weak-side linebacker, which is his best position at the next level.  He also gets a little too active and over pursues the action at times.  Word may not have the pure speed to play strong-safety but seems to have a special-teams mentality and that, coupled with his ability to be on the field in nickel situations, should get him drafted.  Justin Eilers is another linebacker consistently making positive plays and though not the athlete of Word, his instincts are better.  Finally, cornerback Atif Austin could sneak into the later frames if he puts together a solid senior campaign and puts together solid workouts prior to the draft.




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