Peterson: Patience, Iowa State fans, draft drought will end in 2018

The last Big 12 program with three draft skunkings in a row was Kansas between 1988-90 — and that’s a problem.
Every Big 12 Conference program has had players selected since the Jets picked linebacker Jeremiah George in the 2014 draft’s fifth round.
“It’s pretty obvious, the previous staff’s inability to recruit high-level athletes,” former ISU star quarterback Sage Rosenfels said.
The ability to sell a program and get good players in your program is vital when go against teams with tons of NFL players on their roster.” Each 2017 opponent except Kansas had at least one player picked in the last draft.
Iowa State had seven.
The 2000 Iowa State team that Rosenfels quarterbacked to a 9-3 record and victory against Pittsburgh in the Bowl had three NFL Draft selections — defensive end Reggie Hayward to Denver in the third round, Rosenfels to Washington in the fourth and James Reed to the Jets in the seventh.
That’s the most recent time Iowa State had more than two picks in one NFL draft.
I can’t find an Iowa State football player listed as a sure bet on any 2017 mock drafts.
“It’s not a good look for ISU.” So while you’re an Iowa State fan watching NFL teams picking players from rival programs this weekend, do it with this in mind: Just wait until next year.
“I saw guys making the NFL with not as much talent as he has.” So until this time next year, CBS’ Dodd offers this advice: “All Clones everywhere can do is believe in Matt Campbell.” Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades.

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