Scouting the Big Ten: Indiana

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Hoosiers come equipped with a top-rated cornerback few are talking about as well as a receiver who could light it up next year.

After watching his sophomore film in 2015, I knew Rashard Fant had terrific next-level potential. He’s a nice combination of ball skills, toughness and speed. Fant does not back down to a challenge and constantly makes positive plays against the pass. He displays good instincts on the field and has a knack for getting a hand in to knock the ball away or make the interception.

What Fant lacks is size, specifically height. I doubt he hits 5-foot-10 during predraft weigh-ins, and while he makes a lot of plays in the Big Ten, he’s going to be overmatched in the NFL. A few IU coaches wonder if Fant is willing to put in the work necessary to take his game to the next level.

In the end I think Fant is a good bet to go during the very late part of day two in the draft and will be a good nickel back at the next level who can line up over the slot receiver.

After his monster sophomore season, I expected big things from Simmie Cobbs Jr. in 2015. Unfortunately Cobbs was sidelined for all but one game last year after suffering an ankle injury early in September.

Cobbs is a large, game-controlling receiver who flashes big-play ability. If he gets his game back on track and improves off his sophomore campaign, Cobbs could leave the 2017 season stamped as a second-day prospect.