2014 NFL Draft: Indiana Hoosiers Prospects Led By TE Ted Bolser
The Indiana Hoosiers have never been a football factory — no, not even under the affable Lee Corso). They’re a basketball school, and thats’ that. However, the Hoosiers aren’t quite as bad as they used to be, especially on offense. Third year head coach Kevin Wilson was faced with the daunting task of creating something out of nothing, and he’s done an admirable job thus far, especially on the recruiting trail, going from 0-8 in Big Ten play to 2-6 (hey, remember people, it’s Indiana). So, even though IU may not have had any players selected in the last two NFL Drafts, that doesn’t mean they don’t have any pro prospects this Fall, and it’s all offense baby.
Tight end Ted Bolser is arguably the best player from his position in school history going into his senior season, and already owns their receiving touchdown record for a tight end with nine. At 6-foot-5, 254 pounds, he has all the size you’re looking for, and with soft hands and impressive blocking skills, he’s a guy that’s capable of playing in the NFL. He’s not a blazer by any means, but he’s able to stretch the seam and is a solid route-runner. He’s a legitimate mid-round talent.
Running back Stephen Houston has good size (5-foot-11, 225 pounds), and is capable of running inside and outside. To boot, he has great hands out of the backfield, evidenced by 54 career receptions and four TDs. Speed is not his greatest asset, that’s certain, but he has an all-around solid game (he even has potential to return kicks). He won’t be a big name prospect heading into the draft, unless he simply explodes this Fall, but with another strong, all-purpose season both rushing and receiving, I could see a team taking a chance on him.
Wide receivers Kofi Hughes and Cody Latimer should probably be considered the best prospects, as they’ve gained the most acclaim thus far, particularly the latter.
Though only a junior, Latimore has terrific size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, and is a load to bring down after the catch. As a sophomore last season, Latimer caught 51 balls for 805 yards and six TDs en route to earning all conference accolades, and those numbers should only grow this Fall in his junior campaign. He’s still very raw, but if he continues on the improvement arc at the pace he’s at, he could very easily decide to forgo his senior season.
Hughes also has good size, but needs to improve his hands and route running. Hughes (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) does have some big play potential, and will surely benefit from some consistency under center, with Nate Sudfeld winning the QB job from incumbent Cameron Coffman.
Two guys in the secondary to keep an eye on are strong safety Greg Heban and cornerback Antonio Marshall, as they are two hungry guys with a nose for the ball.
All in all, this group of prospects is better than years past, but there’s still room for improvement. In a few years, however, when freshmen like Danny Friend, Darius Latham, T.J. Simmons and Antonio Allen become eligible, you could see the best Hoosier draft class since 1976, when seven Hoosiers were selected.