ISU draft prospects slated for Senior Bowl

ISU cornerback Leonard Johnson defends a pass to Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman in the first half of the Cyclones’ Pinstripe Bowl matchup with Rutgers. The incomplete pass led to a third down, and the Scarlet Knights would eventually score on a one-yard touchdown run from Jawan Jamison that would put them up 7-6. Rutgers went on to win 27-13.

Jake Calhoun

Cornerback Leonard Johnson and offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele have formally accepted their invitations to the 2012 Senior Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala.

Johnson and Osemele, both four-year starters for the ISU football team, will compete for the North squad, which is coached by the coaching staff of the Minnesota Vikings.

“It’s been four years since we’ve had any [ISU] players in our game,” said Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale in a news release. “We feel like we’ve got two outstanding NFL prospects in Leonard and Kelechi.”

Osemele started 44 consecutive games for the Cyclones and was named a 2011 First-Team All-American by Sports Illustrated.

Johnson accumulated 177 total tackles and four interceptions in his four seasons as a starting cornerback for the Cyclones.