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NFL Draft Preview: Where notable Huskers and...

NFL Draft Preview: Where notable Huskers and...
Posted at 12:58 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 13:58:09-04

The day has finally arrived - Round 1 of the NFL draft gets underway tonight. 

There are several former Huskers and Hawkeyes that could hear their names called over the next three days. Here's a look at a few of the hopefuls, and where I think they could land. You'll also see two numbers under each player, representing the final player ranking (out of the top 300 prospects) from both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN. 

 

MALIEK COLLINS - DT, NEBRASKA

Kiper: 120

McShay: 78

My guess: Round 3

Note: 

The story with Collins is pretty consistent - last year's lack of production hurt his value, and defensive line is an extremely deep position in this draft. Plenty of people will question whether he made the right decision to declare. 

 

ALEX LEWIS - OL, NEBRASKA

Kiper: 93

McShay: 66

My guess: Round 4

Note: 

Lewis is one of the biggest risers in the draft. It sounds like most teams view him as a guard or right tackle in the future. The experts think he'll start as a backup in the NFL. 

 

ANDY JANOVICH - FB, NEBRASKA

Kiper: 255

McShay: 273

My guess: Round 7

Note: 

Janovich is one of the top three fullbacks on the board, along with Dan Vitale of Northwestern and perhaps Glenn Gronkowski (name sound familiar?) of Kansas State. Fullback isn't a position that many teams value, but Janovich's special teams play may push him over the edge and get drafted. 

 

VINCENT VALENTINE - DT, NEBRASKA

Kiper: 250

McShay: NR

My guess: FA signing

Note: 

There's a lot of talent at defensive line in this draft, and I think it will keep Valentine from hearing his name called. He's battled injuries, and lack of production (and time on the field) last season could hurt him. 

 

DREW OTT - DE, IOWA

Kiper: NR

McShay: NR

My guess: FA signing

Note: 

The NCAA handcuffed Ott by not giving him much time to prepare before the draft. He wasn't going to be able to do much in terms of working out due to his recovery from injuries, but he barely had any time to sell himself to teams. Somebody is going to get a nice player for a very low price. 

 

HENRY KRIEGER-COBLE - TE, IOWA

Kiper: 216

McShay: 261

My guess: FA signing 

Note: 

HKC is a fringe top-10 tight end in this draft class, and I doubt that many get drafted. His production was great this past year at Iowa, which helps his case. I think he'll end up signing as a free agent and will end up earning a roster spot with a team in camp. 

 

AUSTIN BLYTHE - C, IOWA

Kiper: NR

McShay: 170

My guess: Round 5

Note: 

The experts seem a little divided on Blythe. McShay has him as the fifth best option at center in this draft, which means he could easily get the call. He's a proven leader that anchored one of the better offensive lines in the Big Ten last season. 

 

TEVAUN SMITH - WR, IOWA

Kiper: 217

McShay: NR

My guess: Camp invite

Note: 

I was surprised to see Smith's name pop up in Kiper's top 300. I don't think he gets drafted, but may score a camp invite based on his potential, which was never fully realized at Iowa.