Draft tape: Iowa Hawkeyes
Kirk Ferentz has sent a lot of soldiers to the NFL throughout his 18-year tenure in Iowa City, accounting for nearly half of an excellent run of 39 straight drafts where at least one former Hawkeye has been selected.
Despite winning the Big Ten West in 2015, Iowa only had one player drafted–in the seventh round–in 2016. But Ferentz figures to send at least a couple more players to the League in 2017, and we’ll likely see them off the board earlier than the last round.
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, CB Desmond King and TE George Kittle could go in the first three rounds, and QB C.J. Beathard could hear his name called, as well. Watch some of Johnson’s and King’s tape below.
Desmond King: CB
Background: King could’ve been drafted following Iowa’s stellar 2015 season, when he was a consensus All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year at cornerback as a junior. He elected to return to school, and although he didn’t earn as many accolades as a senior, King was still named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2016. King might switch to safety in the NFL, but could remain at cornerback depending on fit.
Projected round: (cbssports.com projection) 2-3
Jaleel Johnson: DT
Background: Johnson wrapped up five years on the Iowa campus with a stellar redshirt senior season, leading the Hawkeyes in tackles for loss (10) and sacks (7.5). He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and will look to beef up an NFL’s squad’s interior D-line.
Projected round: 3