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Allen Lazard invited to NFL Combine

Jan 24, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad wide receiver Allen Lazard of Iowa State (85) makes a catch during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

After standing out at the Senior Bowl last month, Allen Lazard is headed to Indianapolis. The Cyclones’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards will participate in the NFL Draft Combine from Feb. 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to NFL.com.

Lazard, who was the only Cyclone invited to Indy, is projected as a fourth or fifth-round pick. He has been training in Arizona since competing at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

“Lazard has been a productive, four-year player who relies on his size and strength to muscle Big 12 cornerbacks around when making the contested catch,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote in his scouting report of Lazard. “Lazard is a possession receiver, but his lack of play speed and athletic ability could make separating from NFL cornerbacks a difficult challenge. With his size and toughness, a switch to pass-catching tight end might give him a better shot at having a productive NFL career.”

The two-time first-team All-Big 12 honoree will go down as one of the most productive players in Iowa State history. Besides being the program’s leader in career receptions and receiving yards, he is the all-time leader in 100-yards receiving games, consecutive 100-yards receiving games, is second all-time in touchdown receptions and caught a pass in all 48 of his collegiate games.

Iowa State has not had a player selected in the NFL Draft since Jeremiah George in 2014. A Cyclone offensive skill position player has not been selected since Seneca Wallace in 2003.

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