NFL Draft 2014: Evaluating Iowa State FB Jeff Woody, TE Ernst Brun Jr.


Seven Iowa State Cyclones have been ranked by NFL scouts from the 2013 season, and we’ll break down the upsides and downsides to all of those players as well as their chances of getting drafted in early May. First ones up are fullback Jeff Woody and tight end Ernst Brun Jr.

Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones fullback Jeff Woody (32) runs for a first down against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Cyclones 58-27. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Woody

  • Positions: FB/RB
  • Height: 6-foot-0
  • Weight: 242 lbs.
  • 40 Time: 4.89
  • NFL Draft Scout: 26th out of 77 FBs

The good: Woody is big enough to be a short yardage or goal line back. There’s no elusiveness about him, he can power down opponents at the line and get those couple yards necessary to move the chains.

The bad: He’s simply not had enough time on the field for scouts to really evaluate him. Just being a one-trick pony of pounding the line won’t exactly work the best in the NFL, and there’s plenty of prospects that are bigger and a little quicker than him that can do the same thing.

Projection: Nothing. Iowa State fans will always remember Woody for his touchdown run in the second overtime to take down 2nd-ranked Oklahoma State and eliminating them from national championship contention. But a storybook ending in the NFL is highly unlikely.

Oct 6, 2012; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones tight end Ernst Brun (84) scores a fourth quarter touchdown against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Horned Frogs 37-23. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Ernst Brun, Jr.

  • Positions: TE/FB/HB
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 251 lbs.
  • 40 Time: 4.90
  • NFL Draft Scout: 47th out of 109 TEs

The good: Brun is a very talented receiver, grabbing six touchdowns during the 2012 season and even becoming a Big 12 honorable mention. He can make the acrobatic catches and win the battles in the endzone with his size.

The bad: Unfortunately, an injury plagued year killed most of Brun’s chances to impress scouts. He appeared in eight games but had just six catches and zero of them were touchdowns. E.J. Bibbs became the main target at the TE position, limiting Brun’s playing time.

Projection: Nothing. There was hope for Brun to be a much higher candidate at the TE position, but things never got going for him in his final season with the Cyclones.