Iowa TE Moeaki Standing Out

Tight end Tony Moeaki could be a solid middle-round draft prospect.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 at 10:53 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Iowa senior Tony Moeaki never had the chance to fully prove himself in college.

The tight end played just four games in 2007 before breaking his wrist and dislocating his elbow. He missed the first two games of 2008 with a fractured foot then sat out more time that season with a hamstring injury and concussions. He was on the sideline for three games in 2009 with an ankle injury.

Thus, Moeaki has had a great deal to prove during this year’s scouting process. What he’s shown is a fast pass-catcher with soft hands that is also very willing to block.

After an eye-opening Combine showing, Moeaki continued to improve his stock at his pro day Monday by dropping his 40-yard dash time to 4.62. That would have been the third-fastest time at the Combine among tight ends. He also posted a 36.5 vertical jump, which would have been the fourth-highest.

Moeaki (6-3, 245) recorded 30 catches for 387 yards and four touchdowns his senior year. Previous to that he had logged a season-high 14 receptions.

But his potential is certainly alluring. Reports are that the New England Patriots have already had Moeaki in for a private workout. Moeaki is projected to be a fourth-round draft choice by NFLDraftScout.com.

Here are a couple more players that worked out Monday who you may want to keep an eye on:

Amari Spivey, Iowa
Cornerback, 6-1, 190
2009 Stats: 56 tackles, 2 interceptions
Plus: He’s got the size to play cornerback or possibly safety, which adds to Spivey’s intrigue. In just two seasons at Iowa he was named to the coaches’ second-team All-Conference squad as a junior and then the first team as a senior. He’s aggressive, a willing tackler and good in zone coverage.
Minus: Spivey doesn’t have elite speed for his position. He also was dismissed from Iowa after his redshirt freshman season.
Draft Stock: According to NFLDraftScout.com, Spivey is projected to be selected in the third round. According to Pro Football Talk, he ran a slower 40-yard dash (4.57) than he did at the Combine, where he ran a 4.51.

Vince Oghobaase, Duke
Defensive Tackle; 6-5, 302
2009 Stats: 34 tackles, 2 sacks
Plus: Oghobaase is huge and strong. He had a much better showing at his pro day than he did at the Combine, according to DraftInsider.net. Oghobaase reportedly posted a 5.22 40-yard dash. He gets good push into the backfield, evidenced by his six sacks in 2008.
Minus: Oghobaase’s senior year was derailed by knee injuries that kept him out of six games in 2009. He also missed the entire 2005 season with a knee injury.
Draft Stock: Oghobaase’s stock was falling after the Combine, according to NFLDraftScout.com. He may have helped level it out with his pro day performance. Right now Oghobaase is projected for the sixth or seventh round.

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