Chris Steuber Journal
Posted: March 19, 2012
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There was a strong showing by NFL teams in Iowa City, likely to see Riley Reiff.
I’ve confirmed that 29 NFL teams attended Iowa’s Pro Day on Monday, March 19th. The three teams not represented on Monday were the Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and Washington Redskins.
There were many notables in attendance to observe the talent in Iowa with the strongest contingent being from the Kansas City Chiefs. Representing the Chiefs at Iowa’s Pro Day were: General Manager Scott Pioli, Head Coach Romeo Crennel, offensive line coach Jack Bicknell and wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni.
Others notables at the Hawkeyes Pro Day were: Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier, Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Taylor, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson, Panthers Director of College Scouting Dan Gregory, Steelers Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert and offensive line coach Sean Kugler, and Vikings Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell and offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield.
The top prospect for the Hawkeyes is 6-foot-6, 313-pound offensive tackle Riley Reiff. Reiff, who is currently rated 7th overall on my Big Board, and is projected to be a top-ten pick in next month’s NFL Draft. Reiff had a good workout at the Scouting Combine last month and ran a 5.23 in the 40, posted 23 reps on the bench and generated a 26.5-inch vertical and 8’2” broad jump.
Two other well thought of prospects for the Hawkeyes are defensive back Shaun Prater and wide receiver Marvin McNutt. Prater and McNutt were also in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine and displayed their skills in front of NFL personnel.
The 5-10, 190-pound Prater, who is projected to be a third-round draft pick, was limited at the Combine due to a hamstring injury and only participated in the bench press posting 14 reps. Prior to making his appearance at the Combine, Prater had a standout week at the East-West Shrine Game and elevated his stock with a strong week of practice.
The 6-2, 216-pound McNutt, who could be a steal in the fourth-round, had a solid showing at the Combine by running a 4.54 in the 40 and generating a 37-inch vertical and 10’2” broad jump. McNutt did not participate in the bench, due to a shoulder injury.
Test results from Monday’s Pro Day were unavailable.
Other Iowa prospects that will likely hear their name called on draft day are: outside linebacker Tyler Nielsen (6th Round), defensive tackle Mike Daniels (6th Round), tight end Brad Herman (7th Round – PFA) and offensive tackle Markus Zusevics (7th Round – PFA).
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography