NFL Draft 2014: Evaluating Iowa State SS Deon Broomfield, OT Kyle Lichtenberg


We evaluate two Iowa State football players, safety Deon Broomfield and offensive lineman Kyle Lichtenberg, who both had some of the best talent on both sides of the ball.

Nov 2, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Deon Broomfield (26) tackles Kansas State Wildcats running back John Hubert (33) during the first half at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Deon Broomfield

  • Positions: Strong safety, free safety, special teams
  • Height: 6-foot-0
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • 40-time: 4.56 seconds
  • NFL Draft Scout: 40 out of 158 SS’s | Projection: None

The good: Broomfield was a bright spot in a dismal defense last season. If there was a strength for the Cyclones, it definitely was a safety thanks to the tandem of Jacques Washington and Broomfield. The senior from Palm Bay, Florida, finished fourth on the team in total tackles (57), broke up six passes, and forced two fumbles.

The bad: If Deon wants to make it in the NFL, his best chance is probably at special teams after the draft is over. There’s simply too much talent ahead of him to be considered in the 2014 NFL Draft and not enough spots open in the pros to get a job.

CC projection: Possible free agent.

Nov 17, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones kicker Edwin Arcero (41) is congratulated by offensive lineman Kyle Lichtenberg (69) after kicking a field goal against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Lichtenberg

  • Positions: Offensive tackle, offensive guard
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 296 lbs.
  • 40-time: 5.08 seconds
  • NFL Draft Scout: 35 out of 107 OT’s | Projection: None

The good: This dude is smart, making the Academic All-Big 12 first team every year from 2010-2013. That translated on the football field, playing both right guard and moving to right tackle for his final season.

The bad: Unfortunately, Lichtenberg was a part of the MASH unit that was Iowa State’s offensive line. He was unable to improve draft stock this season. However, there can always be surprises in the late round of the draft.

CC projection: Possible last round or free agency. A draft pick is highly unlikely, but there’s enough talent here for him to be considered for an NFL position. Especially with people finally understanding how important offensive lines are in football.