Last, and certainly not least, is Iowa State’s prized possession on defense during last season, Jeremiah George.
The senior linebacker is the highest-ranked recruit on the Cyclones by most NFL scouts, and he’s poised to be a late-round draft pick and a solid pick-up for any professional team.
- Positions: Inside linebacker, outside linebacker, special teams
- Height: 5-foot-11
- Weight: 234 lbs.
- 40 time: 4.83 seconds
- NFL Draft Scout: 13 out of 111 ILB’s | Prediction: 7th round, free agency
The good: George was easily the most talented player on both sides of the ball for Iowa State. He had 15.5 percent of the team’s tackles on defense. He did all he could in the blowout against Baylor with 12 solo tackles.
Perhaps more important was his ability to learn under Jake Knott and A.J. Klein, linebackers that are currently in the NFL. While he lacks the size of the NFL, he’s worked incredibly hard to get bulkier to improve his draft stock. That’s worked, and that also factors into his ambition to get into the league.
Ambition that some top-rated linebackers will lack because scouts are patting them on the back.
The bad: Some of his stats are overblown because he was on a defense that simply wasn’t good. He received more opportunities to make plays because no one else could.
Many scouts are worried about his strength and speed, especially as an undersized linebacker. He also won’t take over a game with his athleticism.
Two things that he’ll have to improve on is his recovery speed and indecisiveness.
CC prediction: 7th round. There’s a definite chance that the negatives could push him to free agency, but he will make it in the NFL. He’s improved so much from his junior season and with his dedication and hard work, he’ll do anything to show NFL teams that he can improve. As long as he stays motivated, I think he can have a solid NFL career. There’s plenty of potential here.