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Iowa State Pro Day: Will Joel Lanning change positions again in the NFL?

Oakland Raiders have inquired about ISU LB/QB playing fullback

Iowa State University's Joel Lanning runs a drill Tuesday, March 27, 2018, during Pro Day in Ames.
Iowa State University's Joel Lanning runs a drill Tuesday, March 27, 2018, during Pro Day in Ames.

AMES — Former Iowa State quarterback and linebacker Joel Lanning might not be done changing positions.

At Iowa State’s Pro Day on Tuesday at the Bergstrom Football Complex, Lanning lined up as a fullback during the receiving drills and ran routes out of the backfield and caught passes.

“I wasn’t expecting it really,” Lanning said. “When (the scout) asked me, I said, ‘why not?’ I went out and did pretty good at it. Not working on it, I obviously don’t know the depth of routes or things like that. But he said I looked pretty good, so I’ll take it.”

Lanning said the Oakland Raiders are the main team eyeing him as a fullback.

“At the East-West game they were asking me if I was going to play fullback,” Lanning said. “You know me, I’m willing to play whatever.”

Outside of the Raiders, Lanning said most other teams view him as a linebacker.

Lanning set a personal record on the 225-pound bench press, doing 26 reps, which would’ve been tied for fourth at the NFL Combine among linebackers. His 40-yard dash time was 4.76, which would’ve been 21st out of the 27 linebackers that ran at the Combine. His three-cone drill was 7.01 seconds, which would’ve been ninth at the Combine.

“At first, I was pretty upset (I didn’t get invited to the combine),” Lanning said. “I thought I earned that, but whatever. Use it as motivation here and I performed pretty well here. I’m not mad about it now.”

After he got done with the receiving drills, Lanning worked out as a linebacker. He was the only linebacker working out, so he went straight through the drills without a break.

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“They asked me if I wanted a break and I said no,” Lanning said. “I went at my own pace, but it would’ve been nice to have one other guy out there with me to break it up a little bit.”

Lanning’s next step is to work out with teams individually, if they want him. He’s not worried about the number of teams he’ll work with.

“All you have to do is find one team that needs you or wants you and go try and make a spot,” Lanning said.

Allen Lazard solidifying spot

Former Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard already put the speed question to bed.

He said teams expected him to run a 4.7 or 4.8 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Lazard ran a 4.55.

At Iowa State’s Pro Day at the Bergstrom Football Complex, Lazard elected not to run the 40-yard dash again. He was going to let his Combine results stand.

At the Pro Day, he wanted to prove how good of a receiver he is.

“(I wanted to show) that 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.”

NFL teams are split on Lazard’s future. Some view him as a big outside target in the red zone. Others view him as a big slot receiver or a tight end.

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Lazard weighed in at 227 pounds on Tuesday. He said he’s able to gain weight or drop weight, depending on what the team needs.

Going forward, Lazard will stay in central Iowa in case a team wants to do a private workout with him.

“The biggest thing now is getting in football shape,” Lazard said. “As soon as the draft is over, OTAs start and I want to go in there and compete for a starting position.”

Notable results

• Former offensive lineman Brian Bobek bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times, which would’ve been second at the NFL Combine.

• Lazard bettered his broad jump by two inches, jumping 10 feet, 4 inches at Pro Day.

• Safety Kamari Cotton-Moya leapt 37 inches at Pro Day, which was the best among the 10 Iowa State participants.

• Receiver Trever Ryen did not participate in Pro Day due to a foot injury.

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