So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
@Walter I don't see how you think Fitz is "fine" there, given the fact you pointed out Palmer's diminishing arm strength and generally not liking older players. I get he's produced with awful QBs and they're not running him deep anymore, but even so, the point you made about AP apply even more to Fitz. Bad pick
These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
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Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
Height: 6-1. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Projected Round (2013): 3-4. 1/31/13: Hyde was solid at the East-West Shrine. His coverage was sound and he looked polished. Some teams may consider moving him to safety.
Hyde hurt his stock with an arrest during Iowa's bye week. It was a minor drinking incident, but the NFL won't like it. He had 78 tackles, 14 passes broken up, a forced fumble and an interception in 2012. Hyde had an extremely easy slate of receivers as a senior.
9/1/12: While teammate Shaun Prater was more well-known for the 2012 NFL Draft, Hyde remains the better NFL prospect. He is bigger and faster, with a higher ceiling. Hyde had 68 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2011. He does very well in zone coverage, but has shown the ability to play man, too.
Hyde is a rather consistent player. He started 13 games as a sophomore in 2010 and recorded 82 tackles. That was second on the team. He also had four interceptions with seven passes broken up. Hyde returned one interception 66 yards for a score against Michigan State, and returned a Blaine Gabbert interception 77 yards for a score to be the defensive MVP of the Insight Bowl.
Hyde has an NFL skill set and could raise his draft stock into the first round with a big senior season.
James Ferentz, C, Iowa
Height: 6-2. Weight: 284. Projected 40 Time: 5.05. Projected Round (2013): 5-6. 2/9/13: Iowa struggled more than expected this season. Ferentz and the Hawkeyes really missed running back Marcus Coker and wide receiver Marvin McNutt. Ferentz was dominated by Purdue's Kawann Short, who totaled four tackles for a loss and a sack against Iowa. It was an ugly game from Ferentz that hurt his stock.
Ferentz had another bad showing at the East-West Shrine. He lost a lot of his one-on-one reps and really struggled with bigger linemen. Ferentz is extremely undersized.
8/22/12: Ferentz is the son of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. As expected, James Ferentz is a well-developed center and is a balanced run- and pass-blocker. He led the way for a strong running game with running back Marcus Coker in 2011. Ferentz was a Big Ten honorable mention for his junior season. The main thing holding him back is a lack of size, but he is very intelligent.
Keenan Davis, WR, Iowa
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.57. Projected Round (2013): 6-7. 2/16/13: Davis hauled in 47 receptions for 571 yards and a touchdown in 2012.
8/17/12: Davis was a nice complement to Marvin McNutt last year. Davis hauled in 50 receptions for 713 yards and four touchdowns. He needs to step up his production this season as the No. 1 receiver. Davis looks more like a potential possession receiver.