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Hawkeyes to watch in NFL Draft

2012-04-25T12:06:00Z 2012-05-01T12:14:11Z Hawkeyes to watch in NFL DraftSteve Batterson The Quad-City Times
April 25, 2012 12:06 pm  • 

Here are seven Iowa Hawkeyes to watch in this weekend's NFL Draft. And two more to keep an eye on.

Riley Reiff, Offensive tackle, Iowa

NFL.com grade: 89.0 (out of 100)

Assessment: He has the size (6-foot-6, 313 pounds), body control, footwork and technique to be an immediate starter in the NFL at either tackle position.

Projections: Many mock drafts have him going to Buffalo with the 10th overall pick, but others have him going as high as seventh or as low as 23rd.

Marvin McNutt, Wide receiver, Iowa

NFL.com grade: 68.2

Assessment: Above-average size and a high level of productivity make him an attractive prospect, but there are questions about his speed and consistency.

Projections: Likely to go anywhere from the third to the fifth rounds. The walterfootball.com mock draft projects him going No. 66 to Minnesota.

Mike Daniels, Defensive tackle, Iowa

NFL.com grade: 68.2

Assessment: At 6-foot, 291, he is considered small by NFL standards, but he is stronger than he looks and scouts love his heart and energy level.

Projections: The only mock draft that mentions him has him going in the seventh round to Cleveland.

Shaun Prater, Cornerback, Iowa

NFL.com grade: 66.0

Assessment: He has the athleticism to be an NFL starter but some feel his man-to-man coverage skills and run support abilities need work.

Projections: A few mock drafts have him mentioned in the fourth round, but a few project him as an undrafted free agent.

Adam Gettis, Guard, Iowa

NFL.com grade: 52.2

Assessment: He also is undersized at 6-2, 293 and he started only one year at Iowa, but he opened some eyes with his speed and athleticism at the NFL Combine.

Projections: Impressive postseason workouts may have elevated him into the lower rounds. NFLdraftblitz.com projects him being picked by Denver in the fourth round.

Markus Zusevics, Offensive tackle, Iowa

NFL.com grade: 51.5

Assessment: He was a solid college player with good technique, but a lack of power and natural athleticism make it likely he’ll never be any more than an NFL backup.

Projections: Probably has 50-50 shot at being drafted.

NewNFLdraft.com lists him in the fifth round, going to Jacksonville.

Tyler Nielsen, linebacker, Iowa

NFL.com grade: 51.2

Assessment: He has good speed for a 238-pounder but is not exceptional in pass coverage and seemed injury-prone during his college career.

Projections: Likely to be a free agent, although walterfootball.com has the Bears selecting him late in the sixth round.

Others to keep an eye on:

Jordan Bernstine, DB, Iowa

Broderick Binns, OLB, Iowa

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