– Iowa WR Marvin McNutt had surgery on a thumb and shoulder recently. He probably wouldn’t have done much this spring anyway, being a decorated senior receiver who’s put up numbers the last two years, but this clinches it. He is expected to be ready for fall camp.
– Linebacker Shane DiBona had shoulder surgery recently, adding to what has been a horrific offseason for the sophomore from the Boston area. DiBona was one of the 13 Hawkeyes who was stricken with rhabdomyolysis. The good news is that he was healthy enough from the rhabdo to have surgery. He’ll be out this spring, but is expected to recover for fall.
– S Tanner Miller, expected to challenge for a starting spot this fall, had shoulder surgery in January.
– OL Nolan MacMillan has not yet had shoulder surgery. He missed most of the last half of last season with the injury.
This is just a guess, but Iowa could have another decent combine contingent next year.
I’m thinking six:
OL Riley Reiff — Let’s not kid ourselves anymore. If these guys can get paid to play, they’re going to jump at the opportunity. Reiff will be a three-year starter this fall. I voted him first-team all-Big Ten. He puts in another year like that, he’s going to get paid.
CB Shaun Prater — He gave the NFL serious thought in January, but decided to return for his senior year. He’s a lock for the combine.
LB Tyler Nielsen — He’s recovering from a broken vertebrae in his neck, but had a strong season going until the injury ended it. Another year like that and he’ll have a shot at making it to the Indy combine.
DT Mike Daniels — He’ll have all the height and size knocks a DL can handle (he’ll be listed 6-1, 280ish), but if he puts up the numbers he had this year, Daniels will get a long look from the NFL and a combine invite.
WR Marvin McNutt — Duh. Seriously, if McNutt is in the 1,000-yard range and has 50ish catches and 10ish TDs, he could be a first rounder. He made the right choice to return.
OT Markus Zusevics — He’ll be a two-year starter under Kirk Ferentz and Reese Morgan at Iowa. That’s going to open some doors. He might be an outside shot now, but he could rise to combine caliber.
And maybe seven . . .
Micah Hyde — Next season will be his third at Iowa, so he’ll be eligible for the draft. I would expect him to submit his evaluation papers in January. He’ll be a second-year starter at corner this fall. I wonder with his frame (6-1, 185) and range if he wouldn’t be better suited for safety in the NFL. I wouldn’t be shocked if he was looked at there this fall. Both safety spots are open, and Phil Parker could get creative.