Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 11, 2017

Iowa had just one draft pick last year-barely–as C Austin Blythe went to the Colts in the seventh round. But several Hawkeyes figure to hear their name in this year?s draft, slated for April 27-29 in Philadelphia.


Four Iowa players took part in the NFL Combine: CB Desmond King, DT Jaleel Johnson, QB C.J. Beathard and TE George Kittle. And all four look like draft picks for a program that has had at least one pick each year since 1978.

King will be one of the first Hawkeyes to hear his name in the draft. He is projected by many to be a second-round selection a year after almost entering the NFL draft following a 2015 season in which he won the Thorpe Award. But King likely won?t be the first Iowa player selected. That honor probably will go to Johnson.

Johnson is a touted prospect at a position that always is in high demand. And Beathard has drawn interest from many teams, as the NFL is starved for quarterbacks. The last Iowa quarterback selected? Ricky Stanzi in the fifth round in 2011 by the Chiefs. Kittle could be the next in a long line of former Hawkeye tight ends who have succeeded in the NFL, joining the likes of Dallas Clark, Tony Moeaki and Scott Chandler, among others.

Other Iowa players who may be selected are OT Cole Croston, RB LeShun Daniels and CB Greg Mabin.

Here is a look at Iowa over the last 10 NFL drafts.

IOWA DRAFT (2007-16)
Highest pick: OT Brandon Scherff, No. 5 overall/Redskins, 2015
Most fertile draft: 6 picks in 2012, 2011, 2010
Total first-round selections: 4
Total picks: 36

Position breakdown:
? Offensive line: 11
? Defensive back: 7
? Defensive line: 6
? Linebacker: 5
? Tight end: 4
? Running back: 1
? Receiver: 1
? Quarterback: 1

Third round: OT Marshal Yanda, Ravens
Fourth round: TE Scott Chandler, Chargers
Seventh round: G Mike Elgin, Patriots

Third round: FS Charles Godfrey, Panthers
Fourth round: DE Kenny Iwebema, Cardinals
Sixth round: LB Mike Humpal, Steelers

Third round: RB Shonn Greene, Jets
Third round: DB Bradley Fletcher, Rams
Fourth round: G Seth Olsen, Broncos
Sixth round: TE Brandon Myers, Raiders

First round: OT Bryan Bulaga, Packers
Second round: LB Pat Angerer, Colts
Third round: SS Amari Spievey, Lions
Third round: TE Tony Moeaki, Chiefs
Fourth round: LB A.J. Edds, Dolphins
Seventh round: G Kyle Calloway, Bills

First round: DE Adrian Clayborn, Buccaneers
Fourth round: DT Christian Ballard, Vikings
Fifth round: QB Ricky Stanzi, Chiefs
Fifth round: DT Karl Klug, Titans
Fifth round: G Julian Vandervelde, Eagles
Sixth round: DB Tyler Sash, Giants

First round: OT Riley Reiff, Lions
Fourth round: DE Mike Daniels, Packers
Fifth round: G Adam Gettis, Redskins
Fifth round: CB Shaun Prater, Bengals
Sixth round: WR Marvin McNutt, Eagles
Seventh round: CB Jordan Bernstine, Redskins

Fifth round: CB Micah Hyde, Packers

Third round: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Texans
Third round: LB Christian Kirksey, Browns
Fourth round: LB Anthony Hitchens, Cowboys

First round: OT Brandon Scherff, Redskins
Third round: DT Carl Davis, Ravens
Fourth round: OT Andrew Donnal, Rams

Seventh round: C Austin Blythe, Colts