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Hawkeye NFL Draft Guide

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 26, 2011 7:20 AM

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Beginning Thursday, Iowa will look to break its school record of six players (2010) selected in a single NFL Draft. Here, The Daily Iowan gets you everything you need to know about this year's collection of Hawkeyes hoping to hear their name called.

Adrian Clayborn
Defensive end
6-4, 285 pounds
St. Louis

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.78 seconds
Bench press: 17 reps
Vertical leap: 33 inches

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 13 overall
Scouts Inc.: No. 24 overall
CBS Sports: No. 22 overall

Projection: Mid to late first round

Wes Bunting's take:

"I think his best attribute is his versatility. His ability to play three downs for you. He's never going to be a 10-plus sack guy in the NFL, but six to eight sacks, and he can play the run well … I think he's NFL-ready."

Christian Ballard
Defensive end
6-4, 283 pounds
Lawrence, Kan.

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Bench press: 16 reps
Vertical leap: 34 inches

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 11 defensive end
Scouts Inc.: No. 8 defensive tackle
CBS Sports: No. 10 defensive end

Projection: Second round

Wes Bunting's take:

"He'll be on just about every team's draft board because he can play as a 5 technique and as a base end in the 4-3 defense … He plays with too high of a pad level to play inside … It can be fixed. He just has to learn how to play lower."

Ricky Stanzi
Quarterback
6-4, 223 pounds
Mentor, Ohio

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.93 seconds
Bench press: 16 reps
Vertical leap: 34 inches

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 6 quarterback
Scouts Inc.: No. 8 quarterback
CBS Sports: No. 8 quarterback

Projection: Third round

Wes Bunting's take:

"I think he's a guy who can develop into a starter with some time … He's got a great feel in the pocket. He's got a good rhythm getting the ball out on time. He's accurate in the short and intermediate pass game. And he's a leader on that team. You can tell no situation's too big for him.

Tyler Sash
Safety
6-0, 211 pounds
Oskaloosa, Iowa

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds
Bench press: 11 reps
Vertical leap: 33 inches

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 4 strong safety
Scouts Inc.: No. 7 safety
CBS Sports: No. 2 strong safety

Projection: Third-fourth round

Wes Bunting's take:

"I think he's a special-team player and a third safety … [Drafting him] you're hoping he can be a starter. I just don't think he has that ability. He doesn't run real well and he doesn't tackle real well — it's tough to find a spot on the field for a guy with those attributes … He's not an elite athlete."

Karl Klug
Defensive end/tackle
6-3, 275 pounds
Caledonia, Minn.

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.77 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps
Vertical leap: 29.5 inches

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 30 Defensive tackle
Scouts Inc.: No. 20 Defensive end
CBS Sports: No. 25 Defensive end

Projection: Seventh round-undrafted free agent

Wes Bunting's take:

"He just doesn't have a position [because of his size]. He played inside at Iowa, if you play him outside, he never played there in college. It's just tough to find a spot for him on the roster … He's a nice college player … I think he's a free agent signing."

Allen Reisner
Tight end
6-2, 248 pounds
Marion

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.90
Bench press: 14 reps
Vertical leap: 28 inches

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 18 Tight end
Scouts Inc.: No. 19 Tight end
CBS Sports: Unlisted

Projection: Seventh round-undrafted free agent

Wes Bunting's take:

"I thought before the combine he would get drafted. He can catch the football, he knows his role. His 40 time hurts him and to be honest I think he's more of a free agent now … But a lot of teams like Iowa tight ends, and a team could just want him and take him late."

Ryan Donahue
Punter
6-2, 193 pounds
Evergreen Park, Ill.

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.89 seconds
Bench press: Did not compete
Vertical leap: Did not compete

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 1 punter
Scouts Inc.: No. 1 punter
CBS Sports: No. 2 punter

Projection: Seventh round

Wes Bunting's take:

"He'll definitely be in a camp if he doesn't get drafted, and he'll compete for a starting punting spot in the NFL."

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos
Wide receiver
6-0, 204 pounds
Campbell, Ohio

Combine/workout results

40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds
Bench press: 21 reps
Vertical leap: 34.5 inches

Prospect rankings

National Football Post: No. 42 wide receiver
Scouts Inc.: No. 31 wide receiver
CBS Sports: No. 57 wide receiver

Projection: Undrafted free agent

Wes Bunting's take:

"I never thought he was special. I thought he was a fourth or fifth round guy before [his arrest]. He's not overly big, he's not a dynamic athlete. I thought he was a No. 4 receiver in the NFL. When this happened, the character concerns, now I think he's a sixth-seventh rounder, but he'll more likely be a free agent."

Other potential undrafted free agents:

• Jeremiha Hunter, linebacker
• Julian Vandervelde, offensive guard/center
• Brett Greenwood, safety
• Brett Morse, fullback
• Jeff Tarpinian, linebacker

Note: Combine and workout results are according to ESPN.com and the National Football post. Bench press repetitions are of 225 pounds.

Wes Bunting is the director of college scouting for the National Football Post.


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