NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
First off, I want to apologize for anyone who has been trying to get onto the site over the past several days. We had some website issues, but hopefully those are all behind us now and we can focus on football. Because of the technical difficulties, I am behind on my Watch List series. We have already had one game, with more college football tonight and a good slate of games scheduled for the holiday weekend. It truly is one of the best times of the year.
For you loyal followers of the website, you know that I am an Iowa State graduate and love my Cyclones regardless of how many times they crush my football hopes and dreams. I guess the success of the Patriots balances out the failures of my Cyclones. I am excited for the team this year, but also realistic. I really like the direction the new staff has the team going, but I know they still have work to do to be consistently competitive. It does not help that they play the 3rd hardest schedule in the nation either. There is some talent on the Cyclone team, NFL talent, but all the pieces are not there yet. Okay, enough about my team. You probably didn’t come hear for the hardcore Iowa State football talk. Today I focus on the two remaining offensive skill positions. We have seen some very strong Wide Receiver classes in the past few years. I look at this class similarly to last years class. It may lack the elite talent we had in the class a few years ago, but there are a lot of good players that will make an impact in the NFL. Here are the Seniors I think will be names to watch for next NFL Draft.
Mike Williams, Clemson (6’3″, 210 Lbs.)
Rodney Adams, South Florida (6’0″, 190 Lbs.)
Corey Davis, Western Michigan (6’1″, 205 Lbs.)
Travin Dural, LSU (6’1″, 185 Lbs.)
Fred Ross, Mississippi State (6’0″, 205 Lbs.)
Stacy Coley, Miami (FL) (6’0″, 186 Lbs.)
Bug Howard, North Carolina ( 6’3″, 196 Lbs.)
Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (6’3″, 192 Lbs.)
Jalen Robinette, Air Force (6’2″, 215 Lbs.)
Gehrig Dieter, Alabama (6’2″, 208 Lbs.)
Jehu Chesson, Michigan (6’2″, 196 Lbs.)
Gabe Marks, Washington State (5’11”,182 Lbs.)
Edgar Allen Poe, Army (6’3″, 215 Lbs.)
Darreus Rogers, USC (6’1″, 215 Lbs.)
The Tight End position has been one of the weaker positions in the draft for several years now. With NFL teams being so desperate for talent at the position, players have been over drafted in recent years and we just have not seen a large enough infux of talent to fullfill the needs of the NFL. That could change this year with a stronger looking class at the top. I could see one or two TE’s drafted in the first round and at least 3 in the top 50. Look for teams to move early on these guys because it may be awhile before we have this much talent at the Tight End position again.
OJ Howard, Alabama (6’5″, 242 Lbs.)
Jake Butt, Michigan (6’6″, 248 Lbs.)
Evan Ingram, Mississippi (6’3″, 223 Lbs.)
Jordan Leggett, Clemson (6’4″, 255 Lbs.)
Gerald Everett, South Alabama ( 6’3″, 225 Lbs.)
Taylor McNamara, USC ( 6’4″, 245 Lbs.)
Josiah Price, Michigan State (6’3″, 252 Lbs.)
Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (6’5″, 255 Lbs.)
Colin Thompson, Temple (6’2″, 250 Lbs.)
Billy Freeman, San Jose State (6’2″, 235 Lbs.)
Again, thank you for you patience during the technical difficulties. I will be back on here regularly now, so look for lots of Patriots and NFL Draft content.
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