Todd McShay predicts three Iowa State players to be selected in NFL Draft

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Todd McShay sees Iowa State’s NFL Draft drought ending in a big way this month. 

The ESPN analyst said during a Tuesday teleconference call with reporters that he could see three former players getting selected in this year’s NFL Draft. 

Running back David Montgomery and wide receiver Hakeem Butler appear to be sure-fire selections, and cornerback Brian Peavy is on the radar, too. 

Iowa State hasn’t had an NFL Draft selection since Jeremiah George was taken in the fourth round in 2014. 

But that should change somewhere between April 25-27 in Nashville.

Here’s what McShay had to say about the trio. 

Hakeem Butler

McShay says: “He’s a big, physical, strong dude. He’s like a power forward in basketball. He knows how to post guys up. He’s really good in the red zone. He had some drops. That’s the one thing, if you look at his tape and go through the course of the season, you’d like to see a little more consistency with his focus catches. 

“If (he isn’t drafted) in the second round, it’ll be early in the third. Wide receivers aren’t lasting as long as they used to. Something tells me he’ll be off the board certainly in the top 80 picks or so. But, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was late in the second round.” 

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David Montgomery

McShay says: “I think Montgomery is going to be a Day 2 pick. (5-foot-10), 220 pounds. Ran a 4.63, which is not ideal. But it’s not a big negative. And you watch the tape, it matches up. That’s what he is. He’s a grinder. I don’t know that he’s ever going to be your premier, elite back … but I think he’s going to be part of a rotation, and he’s going to come in and contribute.

“I just like his toughness and his versatility.” 

Brian Peavy

McShay says: “Undersized. 5-8 and a quarter is what he measured in at his pro day, 192 pounds. Ran a 4.68. That’s the big issue, with short arms. I do think he’s going to get drafted late. I’ve got a sixth, seventh-round grade on him. But it’s tough to overcome undersized, marginal speed and short arms. Those are kind of the three things you look for.

“I think he’ll get an opportunity. If it’s not as a drafted player — which, I think it’s going to be — but if it’s not, he’ll be a priority free agent. He’ll tackle. He’s tough. He’s instinctive, and he will contribute on special teams. I think he’ll find a way to stick around, even though he doesn’t have the ideal (measurements).” 

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Source: Des Moines Register