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.
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.
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.
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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