Senior wide receiver Allen Lazard and his Iowa State Cyclones will battle No. 18 Memphis and Anthony Miller in the Liberty Bowl on December, 30th.
Lazard is 6-foot-5 and weighs 222 pounds. He was rated a four-star recruit and the No. 10 wide receiver in the country by 247 sports. USA Today, State Farm, and Max Preps all labeled him an All-American after starring as a four-year starter on offense and defense at Urbandale High School. He was an All-State selection three times and named Des Moines Register’s Western Iowa Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. Lazard finished his career with 105 receptions, 2,349 yards, and 34 touchdowns to go along with 14 interceptions.
Lazard also had a chance to showcase his talent in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January of 2014. He had offers from Stanford, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, Notre Dame, and California. He committed to Iowa State in February, following his father and brother before him.
Lazard played a big role as a true freshman in 2014, playing all 12 games and starting 11. He finished second on the team with 45 receptions and 593 yards, catching a pass in every game. Lazard recorded eight catches and a score against Texas and Toledo and was named to the Big 12 honorable mention All-Freshman team.
Lazard took over as the top receiver as a sophomore, leading the Cyclones in every receiving category. His 56 receptions were fifth in the Big 12, and he finished with 808 yards and six TDs. With a 32 percent dominator rating, Lazard’s breakout occurred at age 19 and earned him Second-Team All-Big 12 honors.
In 2016, Lazard was just the fourth Cyclone ever to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving as he once again led the receiving corps. He grabbed 14 more passes, finishing with 69 receptions for 1,018 yards and seven TDs. His market share of yards increased just slightly as his market share of TDs remained the same, resulting in an increase in his dominator rating of just a tenth of a point. He asked the NFL for an evaluation at the conclusion of the season and decided to return for his senior year.
Lazard’s 2017 dominator rating through 12 games remains largely unchanged from the previous two seasons at 31 percent. However, his biggest decline has been in receiving yard market share. Despite catching nearly the same amount of passes as in 2016, Lazard’s yardage is down significantly and his dominator rating is saved only by his increase in TD market share.
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NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS
NFL Draft Scout currently ranks Lazard as the No. 4 WR and the 66th best prospect in the 2018 class. At 6-foot-5, Lazard could be used as an ideal red zone weapon, but he is on the lighter side at only 222 pounds. An early breakout age is in his favor, but he faces long odds when using Kevin Cole’s regression tree analysis.
NFL Draft Scout projects Lazard to be drafted in the second or third round. Chad Reuter of NFL.com agrees and gave Lazard to the San Francisco 49ers, who lack size at wide receiver, in Round 3. A solid game against Memphis will help his final year market share and could improve his chance of success in the model. If you miss the Liberty Bowl, Lazard has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl alongside fellow receivers Michael Gallup, James Washington, and Jaleel Scott.