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Preview: Hawkeyes in the NFL Draft

[ 3 ] April 25, 2012 |

Riley Reiff

Offensive tackle • 6-6 • 313

NFL.com rank: No. 2 OT.

National Football Post rank: No. 3 OT.

NFLDraftScout.com rank: No. 2 OT.

At Iowa: All-American and All-Big Ten offensive lineman.

Note: The junior left school early and flew up the draft board into many projected Top 10 lists. Some scouts have cooled on Rieff a little bit, and ESPN’s Todd McShay said he was “never going to be elite.” Most pundits still have him among the very best tackles in the draft and a sure-fire Top 15 pick. “Being a former tight end, he’s a good athlete,” NationalFootballPost.com West Bunting said. “But he doesn’t look overly natural right now at 315.”

Prediction: 1st round, pick 13, Arizona Cardinals.

Marvin McNutt

Wide receiver • 6-4 • 215

NFL.com rank: No. 27 WR.

NFP rank: No. 13 WR.

NFLDS rank: No. 20 WR.

At Iowa: Finished his senior season with 82 catches for 1,315 yards, both school records. Is the Iowa leaders in season touchdowns (12) and career (28).

Note: NFL teams seem to like the size and pass-catching ability of Iowa’s all-time leading receiver, but he is downgraded because he doesn’t have elite speed. He ran a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Hee’s only been playing receiver for three years may like his upside.

Prediction: 4th, pick 31, New England Patriots.

Shaun Prater

Cornerback • 5-10 • 190

NFL.com rank: No. 23 CB.

NFP rank: No. 25 CB.

NFLDS rank: No. 20 CB.

At Iowa: An All-Big Ten pick at cornerback. Had 50 tackles, four interceptions and six pass break-ups as a senior.

Notes: At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds a little small. Ran a 4.50 40-yard dash at the Iowa pro day. Scouts like his burst ability and athleticism.

Prediction: 4th, pick 15, San Diego Chargers.

Tyler Nielsen

Linebacker • 6-3 • 238

NFL.com rank: No. 32 LB.

NFP rank: NR.

NFLDS rank: No. 24 OLB.

At Iowa: Started eight games as a senior after a career spent struggling with injuries. Had 42 tackles as a senior. Honorable mention all-Big Ten.

Notes: Ran a 4.63 40-yard dash. Some NFL scouts like his ability to cover and project him as a talented pass rusher as well.

Prediction: 5th, pick 35, Indianapolis Colts.

Markus Zusevics

Offensive tackle • 6-5 • 303

NFL.com rank: No. 23 OT.

NFP rank: No. 10 OT.

NFLDS rank: No. 25 OT.

At Iowa: Started 26 straight games over his last two seasons. Was honorable mention All-Big Ten.

Notes: Can play at guard or tackle in the NFL. Scouts like his technique and his pedigree as an Iowa offensive lineman. Not rated as a very naturally athletic lineman.

Prediction: 6th, pick 31, New York Giants.

Mike Daniels

Defensive tackle • 6-1 • 291

NFL.com rank: No. 13 DT.

NFP rank: No. 20 DT.

NFLDS rank: No. 26 DT.

At Iowa: Started every game last season and led the team in tackles for loss with 13.5 and sacks with nine. Second-team all-Big Ten.

Notes: The NFL loves his motor, but he is a little undersized for every down play on the pro level.

Prediction: 4th, pick 34, Oakland Raiders.

Adam Gettis

Offensive guard • 6-2 • 293

NFL.com rank: No. 22 G/C.

NFP rank: NR.

NFLDS rank: No. 17 OG.

At Iowa: After struggling with injuries early in his career, started all 13 games last season, earned second team all-Big Ten.

Notes: Gettis turned some heads with his workouts at the combine with explosive jumps and runs. Remains a little undersized for an NFL interior lineman.

Prediction: 6th, pick 26, Miami Dolphins.

Brad Herman

Tight end • 6-5 • 253

NFL.com rank: NR.

NFP rank: NR.

NFLDS rank: No. 24 TE.

At Iowa: Started three games as a senior with eight catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Notes: Seven Iowa tight ends have been drafted since 1999. Herman has size, but he didn’t finish his Hawkeye career strong.

Prediction: UFA, St. Louis Rams.

Broderick Binns

Outside linebacker • 6-0 • 258

NFL.com rank: NR.

NFP rank: NR.

NFLDS rank: No. 36 DE.

At Iowa: Led team with eight pass break-ups and had 12 tackles for loss and five sacks. Started all 13 games at defensive end.

Notes: Listed at outside linebacker from some places. Did run a 4.69 at Iowa pro day. Probably too small to play defensive end in NFL. Has huge wingspan.

Prediction: UFA, Dallas Cowboys.

Jordan Bernstine

Safety • 5-11 • 205

NFL.com rank: NR.

NFP rank: NR.

NFLDS rank: NR.

At Iowa: Dealt with injury much of his career but started 11 games as a senior and had 89 tackles. Also led Iowa in kickoff returns.

Notes: Emerged as a big hitter at safety and his stock has risen after performing very well at Iowa’s pro day. Could really emerge as a special team pick.

Prediction: 7th, pick 38, Cleveland Browns.

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