Iowa held their Pro Day last year, giving their draft-eligible players a chance to show off their wares before NFL scouts. Every NFL team but the Eagles had a representative in Iowa City (so much for solidarity with your avian bros, eh, Philly?) and the event seemed to go very well. Two Iowa players in particular stood out, Henry Krieger Coble and Tevaun Smith:
Tight end Henry Krieger Coble -- 6-foot-3 1/4, 249 pounds -- ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds on both attempts. He had a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.52 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.72 seconds. He performed 10 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. The Bengals' Jonathan Hayes put Krieger Coble through his workout, which went very well. He is very good at catching the ball.
Krieger Coble had a very solid senior season for Iowa as a pass-catcher (35 receptions, 405 yards, 1 TD, and countless first downs) and like most Iowa tight ends, he's also a very stout blocker. Iowa tight ends have a good reputation in the NFL, so he seems to be in a good spot to hear his name called in the NFL Draft (likely on Day 3, Rounds 4-7).
Wide receiver Tevaun Smith -- 6-0 3/8, 205 -- also was not invited to the combine, but took advantage of his pro-day workout to impress NFL teams. He ran the 40 in 4.41 and 4.38 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.26 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.72 seconds. He put the bar up 13 times on the bench press. Smith had a great workout, and will be a drafted player.
Daaamn. How fast were Tevaun's 40 times? This fast:
Tevaun Smith's 40 time (4.38 via https://t.co/tPEh7N8yfo) would have been the third-best WR time at the combine. (4.32, 4.35 were tops)— Jordan Hansen (@JordyHansen) March 22, 2016
He has a real shot to be the first Iowa wide receiver taken in the NFL Draft since Marvin McNutt after the 2011 season.
Kicker Marshall Koehn -- 6-0 1/2, 196 -- went outside to kick, and there was a 10-mile-per-hour wind. He kicked 10 kickoffs out of the end zone. He was 12 for 12 -- with his longest at 55 yards -- on field goals kicking with the wind. He was then 3 of 4 kicking against the wind. He has a strong leg.
He still seems like a long shot to be actually be drafted, but he should get an opportunity to make a team during training camp.
Austin Blythe also did well, but continues to battle a problem he can't easily fix: his size (or lack thereof).
The four-year Hawkeye starter also competed in last month's NFL Scouting Combine, where he checked in at 6-foot-2, 298 pounds. By contrast, the top center prospect this year, Alabama's Ryan Kelly, is 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds.
"It is what it is," Blythe said Monday. "People can say what they want. What I've put on tape is there. You can't fake that, so I think if you can play football, you can play. It doesn't really matter your stature."
There should be a lot on that tape. Blythe started 50 games over his career at Iowa, mainly lining up at center but also making appearances at both left and right guard. He was one of three finalists last fall for the Rimington Trophy, given to college football's top center.
Hopefully someone takes a shot on Blythe -- small or not, he was an extremely productive member of Iowa's interior line over the last four years and he's someone who likely won't be easily replaced by the Hawkeyes next fall.
Former Iowa QB Cody Sokol (who sent the last two seasons at Louisiana Tech after transferring away from Iowa) also participated in Iowa Pro Day, which was a nice move on Iowa's part.
Full Iowa pro day results can be found here.