2011 NFL Draft: Senior Prospects To Watch In Insight Bowl

Charles ConradContributor IDecember 29, 2010

Missouri C Tim Barnes
Missouri C Tim Barnes

Teams: Missouri vs Iowa

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Telecast: Tuesday, December 28, 10:00 PM Eastern, ESPN

Missouri Top Senior Prospects

Tim Barnes - C, No. 62 (6-4, 305): Considered one of the top centers in college football, Barnes was named First Team All-Big 12 in 2010. He is a good pass protector and fine athlete who can get out and pull in the run game. Has experience at OG. Good size, but tends to stand too high in run blocking, allowing defenders to get leverage. Needs to play with a lower base. Should be a mid-round selection with starting potential.

Kevin Rutland - CB, No. 20 (6-0, 190): Rutland is a very good athlete who ran on the track team in high school. Was voted as a Big 12 Honorable Mention CB in 2010. In the last two years, he has 84 tackles and four interceptions. Good in press coverage. Will blitz from the CB position, having posted four sacks this season. Rutland has all the measurables the NFL desires in a CB, but doesn't dominate as much as his talent level might indicate. With a good post-season, his draft stock could rise.

Carl Gettis - CB, No. 19 (5-11, 195): Gettis doesn't have great speed to play CB, but is durable and productive. He has started since his freshman season and has 233 career tackles but only four interceptions. He would fit best as a FS or a cover-two type of corner in the NFL where his lack of speed wouldn't be exposed as much. Gettis, an experienced punt returner, is worth a shot as a late round pick or free agent.

Other Missouri Senior Prospects

  • Andrew Gachkar - OLB, No. 6 (6-3, 228)
  • Jasper Simmons - FS, No. 9 (6-1, 205)
  • Jerrell Harrison - SS, No. 11 (6-2, 217)

Iowa Top Senior Prospects

Adrian Clayborn - DE, No. 94 (6-3, 285): Clayborn had a breakout season in 2009, posting 70 tackles (including 20 for loss) and 11.5 sacks. His production fell off in 2010 with only seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. There were some questions about his conditioning as he seemed to have some trouble with escaping blocks at times if he did not get initial leverage.

Nevertheless, he should be drafted in the first round because of his potential. Clayborn has very good size, can play the run, and makes plays with aggression and strength. Versatile enough to play 4-3 or 3-4 DE. He was born with a nerve condition known as brachial palsy, so doctors consider his football career quite an achievement.

Christian Ballard - DT, No. 46 (6-5, 297): Not quite as talented as Clayborn, but has become a fine inside player on the defensive line. Ballard is not a sack artist or stout run stuffer, but gets consistent penetration into the offensive backfield due to his quickness. He is a capable pass rusher who can escape single-team blocks. Ballard could play in a 3-4 DE or 4-3 DT alignment. Expect him to be drafted somewhere in the second round.

Ricky Stanzi - QB, No. 12 (6-4, 230): Stanzi has the size and arm strength to be an NFL prospect, but has never put it all together until 2010. This season, he has improved his accuracy and confidence in the pocket. He threw for 25 touchdowns and only four interceptions with a 160.5 QB rating.

Shows leadership ability, but needs to maintain consistency in his decision-making. He will have the chance to show the scouts what he can do at the Senior Bowl in January. Depending on how many underclassman quarterbacks declare for the 2011 draft, Stanzi should be selected somewhere in the third or fourth round.

Karl Klug - DT, No. 95 (6-4, 270): The third part of the Iowa defensive line draft trio, Klug is the least talented but hardest worker of the group. What he lacks in natural skill, he makes up for with hustle and effort. He lacks the bulk to play 4-3 DT in the NFL, so he would have to make it as a 4-3 or 3-4 DE. Klug is a leader and has been very productive since taking over as a starter. In the last two years, he has 116 tackles (24 for loss) and 8.5 sacks. Look for Klug to be a late round possibility.

Allen Reisner - TE, No. 82 (6-3, 248): Reisner is the latest in a long line of Iowa TE draft prospects. He took over the position from 2010 Kansas City draft choice Tony Moeaki. Reisner responded with 39 receptions to earn Big 10 Second Team honors. He doesn't have great size and doesn't dominate as an in-line blocker, but gives good effort. Not a consistent deep threat, but will make the tough catch and is a nice short-to-medium range option. Knows how to find the soft spots in the zone. Should be a late round choice.

Other Iowa Senior Prospects

  • Darrell Johnson-Koulianos - WR, No. 15 (6-0, 200): Will not play due to a recent drug arrest. His NFL future is currently in doubt pending the outcome of the charges filed against him.
  • Brett Morse - FB, No. 36 (6-3, 238)
  • Julian Vandervelde - OG, No. 63 (6-3, 300)
  • Jeff Tarpinian - ILB, No. 33 (6-3, 238)
  • Jeremiha Hunter - OLB, No. (6-2, 235)
  • Brett Greenwood - FS, No. 30 (6-0, 200)
  • Daniel Murray - K, No. 1 (5-10, 185): Injured in 2010.
  • Ryan Donahue - P, No. 5 (6-3, 190): Ray Guy Award semi-finalist in 2010.
  • Andrew Schulze - LS, No. 65 (6-6, 255)


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