Insight Bowl – Missouri vs. Iowa

  • Insight Bowl/Sun Devil Stadium/Tempe, Arizona
  • Tuesday/9 p.m. on ESPN


Best prospect: #85 DE Aldon Smith, 6-4¼, 258 pounds, 4.69 seconds, Redshirt-Sophomore – Yes, he’s got just two years of college football under his belt, but Smith has displayed some traits that make him the type of player the NFL would like to get their hands on now. He’s relentless as a pass rusher and has quickness, speed and long arms that can help him overcome a blocker’s leverage. Smith missed three games this year with a broken fibula, but has come back strong. Over 22 games with Mizzou, the Raytown High product has 108 total tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, seven passes broken up, one interception and a forced fumble. He’s filed with the NFL for a projection on where he would be drafted.

Best underclassmen prospect: #82 TE Michael Egnew, 6-5¼, 235 pounds, 4.73 seconds, Junior – Egnew had a huge ’10 season and earned first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press. He’s caught 83 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns. He came into the season with just seven catches for 47 yards in his first two seasons. The Texas native has the ingredients to be a big-time factor in the NFL, with athletic ability, size and speed. He’s asked the NFL for a draft projection.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #62 C Tim Barnes, 6-3¾, 300 pounds, 5.14 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – A first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection has been a three-year starter for the Tigers and one of the integral parts of the offense’s success. Most of that time has been spent shotgun snapping, so that won’t be a problem for him coming into the NFL. Arrived on campus in 2006 as a guard, but moved to center in ’07 spring practice. He’s considered a third-fourth-fifth round type prospect.

Other potential draft choices: #9 FS Jasper Simmons, 6-0, 205 pounds, 4.62 seconds, Senior; #20 CB Kevin Rutland, 5-11¾, 190 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.


Best prospect: #94 DE Adrian Clayborn, 6-3, 286 pounds, 4.79 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Considered one of the top 10 prospects coming into the 2011 NFL Draft, Clayborn’s senior season with the Hawkeyes has been disappointing at times. The defense for coach Kirk Ferentz has struggled at times and got bowled over by Minnesota at the end of the year. Clayborn got more attention in the form of double teams and at times he struggled to maintain a pass rush pressure, calling into question his conditioning. He finished the year with 51 total tackles, with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He’s started 29 consecutive games for Iowa and earned third-team All-America honors and first-team All-Big 10 Conference defense. In 49 games, he’s had 191 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, seven forced fumbles, eight passes broken up and three blocked kicks.

Best underclassmen prospect: #9 SS Tyler Sash, 6-1, 210 pounds, 4.59 seconds, Redshirt-Junior – After a redshirt season, Sash was named the Big 10 Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year in ’08 and now has first-team All-Big 10 status in the last two seasons, including some second and third team All-America mentions. In 37 games, Sash has 13 interceptions that he’s returned 392 yards (an Iowa record) and scored one TD. He has 211 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 14 passes broken up and three forced fumbles. He’s been part of the team’s leadership council every season. He’s filed paperwork with the NFL to get an advisory on his draft status, so he’s at least contemplating coming out.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #12 QB Ricky Stanzi, 6-4, 230 pounds, 4.8 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – Right now, Stanzi is viewed as a mid to late-round draft choice, but that status can be changed with a strong bowl game performance and exhibitions in the all-star games and NFL Combine. He’s already been invited to the Senior Bowl. Possesses all the intangibles that teams like the Chiefs are looking for, especially for the QB position. A three-year starter, Stanzi had his best overall season in ’10, completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,804 yards, 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Over his Iowa City career, he’s played in 36 games and made 34 starts, where Iowa has a 25-9 record in those games. His career numbers: 531 of 886 for 7,177 yards, 56 TD passes and 29 interceptions.

Other potential draft choices: #46 DE Christian Ballard, 6-4, 298 pounds, 4.86 seconds, Senior; #82 TE Allen Reisner, 6-2¼, 248 pounds, 4.89 seconds, Senior; #95 DE Karl Klug, 6-2½, 270 pounds, 4.79 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

One Response to “Insight Bowl – Missouri vs. Iowa”

  • December 28, 2010  - TruChief09 says:

    I don’t think you can forget QB Blaine Gabbert and CB Carl Gettis as far as NFL prospects go at the University of Missouri. Gabbert has asked for an NFL projection from the advisory committee and could be taken in the first three rounds. Gettis has started for 3 or 4 years for Mizzou and may be a late round pick as a Cover 2 corner.

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