Former Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard will likely be the first Cyclone drafted since linebacker Jeremiah George four years ago in 2014.
Lazard ended his Iowa State career as, statistically, the best receiver in the program’s history.
He used his huge 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame to haul in passes on the sideline on back-shoulder fades, whether it was just for a first down or for a touchdown.
Lazard’s hands, route running, ability to catch the ball in traffic and his ability to use his frame were never in question.
What was, however, was his speed.
During the NFL Combine in March, Lazard put some of those concerns to rest, running a 4.55 40-yard dash.
“I think a lot of teams were pleased by (my time),” Lazard said during his pro day on March 27. “I know a lot of teams assumed I’d run like a 4.7 or 4.8. I think I cleared that speed question up a bit.”
But even with his impressive time, Lazard believes speed is over hyped.
“I’m versatile and run good routes,” Lazard said. “As a receiver, that’s all you need to do. It doesn’t matter what your 40 time is, your shuttle time, how many reps you have. As long as you’re able to create separation, get open and score touchdowns that’s what you need to do.”
Lazard was No. 80 on NFL.com’s Mike Mayock’s latest top-100 draft prospect ranking.