2012 NFL Draft Prospects Preview: Texas vs. Iowa St.

Posted by Brad On September – 30 – 2011
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Kheeston Randall could cash in on the weak 2012 DT crop

I debated the Florida and Alabama matchup but since I previewed both teams (Alabama twice) I opted for a game that isn’t getting as much national attention.

There aren’t the normal big names for Texas that will be entering the 2012 NFL Draft but they have some nice juniors that could make an impact at the next level.  For Iowa St. I will be previewing the versatile OL, Kelechi Osemele.

Guys to keep an eye on:

Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas #91

Randall is a blend of athleticism and quickness that make him an interesting fit as a five-technique in the NFL.  He hasn’t been overly impressive in 2011 but he should be prime for a breakout with the conference schedule beginning.  Unfortunately, Osemele won’t be playing his more natural position of guard so we won’t be seeing what could be a preview of two first rounders going at it.

Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas #1 (Junior)

Robinson is a supreme athlete that is excellent in coverage.  A WILL LB who excels chasing down ball carriers in pursuit.  He has 22 tackles in 3 games but will be tested by the 3-0 Cyclones.  Robinson does struggle getting off blocks and ISU features a strong, athletic line that gets to the second level quickly so this should be a good test for the junior.

Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas #4 (Junior)

Vaccaro is a major sleeper that has the skill set to excel in the NFL at safety.  He dominated in the UCLA game with 9 tackles and an INT.  Vaccaro was overlooked by a talented 2010 secondary but is at the forefront of the 2011 secondary.

Kelechi Osemele, T, Iowa St. #72

Osemele is a tackle at ISU but most likely moves inside to guard in the NFL where he has a ton of potential.  Osemele has first round potential with his mauling style of play.  He could play RT in the NFL but would be wise to move (back) inside.  The mauling big man has surprisingly nimble feet for a guy that is all of 340.

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