The Indiana Hoosiers aren’t necessarily known for pumping out pro prospects (in football anyway), but this is common knowledge. In fact, only two players have been selected in the past three NFL Drafts, both of whom (Cody Latimer and Ted Bolser) were taken this past May. Still, HC Kevin Wilson has done a good job building the talent level in Bloomington these past few years, and those touted recruits are starting to make an impact on the field. There’ll be some intriguing 2015 NFL Draft prospects on the field for Indiana this fall, especially in the junior class.
It all starts with junior QB Nate Sudfeld, a big 6-foot 5, 230-pound pocket passer with a good arm. As a true sophomore last year, Sudfeld threw for 2,523 yards (60% completion) with a 21/9 TD to INT ratio while splitting time with Tre Roberson (who’s since transferred). Sudfeld has plus arm strength and decent (if inconsistent) accuracy, particularly on intermediate and deep routes. He’s not a rushing threat by any means but has good feet in the pocket and enough mobility to elude the pass rush. One thing I’ve noticed on his film is that he often times stares down his receiver, which you simply can’t do at the next level. Still, he has an NFL skill set and considering he won’t be sharing snaps anymore, I expect his stock to rise with a big 2014 season.
Junior Tevin Coleman looks to be one of the better tailbacks in the B1G this fall after a very impressive sophomore campaign that saw him average more than 7 yards per carry on 131 attempts (good for 958 yards) and 12 TD’s before missing the last three games with an ankle injury. Coleman has decent size at 6-foot 1, 210-pounds, but could carry more weight to help his inside power and overall durability. His speed isn’t electrifying but he’s a long strider with good acceleration and vision. I also like his hands out of the backfield, and expect him to get more action in the passing game this fall.
The Hoosiers may have lost their top two receiving options from ’13, but they do return senior WR Shane Wynn, an explosive playmaker with track speed. Wynn doesn’t have the size you look for at 5-foot 7, 170-pounds, but there’s no denying his ability to find the end zone, as evidenced by his team-leading 11 receiving TD’s in ’13. He’s a shifty player who uses his lack of size in ways similar to Darren Sproles (5-foot 6) and Dri Archer (5-foot 8). Wynn could find a home playing in the slot at the next level, and will likely help out in the return game as well.
Up front the top prospect is junior OT Jason Spriggs, a converted tight end who’s kept his quick feet as he’s put on weight the past two years. At 6-foot 7, 305-pounds, Spriggs has great size with long arms. I really like his athleticism and mobility, but he needs to get stronger (especially in his lower body) to help drive blocking and being able to remain stout in pass pro. He’s somewhat inconsistent with his pad level but is a smart player who takes good angles and picks up the outside blitz well. His upside at the next level is impressive but he’s still a work in progress.