When Big Names from Iowa, UNI, and ISU Will be Selected in NFL Draft This Week
Ah, NFL Draft week. As a draft nut myself, I can't tell you how excited I am for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week. So many dreams are about to come true for these young men, and so many opportunities will come to them financially that they never had before. And who knows? Your team may just get their franchise cornerstone for the next ten years.
For the studs coming out of Iowa, Northern Iowa, and Iowa State, it's as nerve-wracking and as exciting of a time they'll experience. The three state schools here are loaded with professional-level talent, and it will be shown to the world and the league soon enough.
Here is where you can expect these Iowa boys to be selected in this year's NFL Draft, and what the 'experts' from each site think of their game.
Trevor Penning, UNI - First Round
ESPN: 14. Baltimore Ravens
"Penning's technique needs to be cleaned up -- especially his hands and punch timing -- but his toughness and physical traits would work very well on the right side of the Ravens' offensive line."
CBS: 19. New Orleans Saints
"Penning plays with an edge and the sole intent is to prove any remaining doubters wrong. He had a strong season and a dominant-at-times Senior Bowl week, and he could end up going in the top half of the first round when all is said and done. He'll fill a big need in New Orleans."
NBC Sports: 14. Baltimore Ravens
"The fourth tackle, clearly, on boards around the league would be a very good fit in Baltimore, where there’s a hole at right tackle (31-year-old Morgan Moses due to fill it as of today) and where left tackle Ronnie Stanley has struggled to stay healthy. Penning started 31 games at left tackle for Northern Iowa, and his size (6-7, 325) would play well on either side."
Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa - First or Second Round
ESPN: 29. Houston Texans (Via mock trade)
"Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum has been sliding as of late because of his relatively short arms, but his agility makes up for it on tape. He's the type of building block the Texans' interior offensive line needs."
CBS: 20. Pittsburgh Steelers
"Linderbaum brings some much-needed stability to the middle of the offensive line."
NBC Sports: 24. Dallas Cowboys
"Linderbaum is a rock-solid center, with 35 starts at the position over the past three years. He’s a little undersized for NFL center (6-2, 298) and doesn’t have position versatility—at least not yet. But he’s a physical, competitive player with the Ferentz pedigree. Iowa turns out terrific offensive linemen."
Breece Hall, Iowa State - Second Round
ESPN: 37. Houston Texans
"Hall could be a surprise Round 1 pick, but here he falls to the Texans and lands in a situation in which he can be a rookie starter and a focal point in the offense. Hall's three-down ability, speed and power could soon make him a top-10 NFL back."
CBS: 60. Tampa Bay Buccanners
"Breece Hall was the offense at Iowa State, and this was an offense that flourished in the Big 12 as it operated through Hall as both a runner and receiver. It's Hall's balanced skill set that gets me excited about his transition to the NFL because I don't know that you'll find a more well-rounded receiving back in this class from a route running, hands and athleticism standpoint."
Third and Fourth Rounders
Isaiah Weston, UNI
ESPN: 90. Tennessee Titans
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Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
ESPN: 121. Kansas City Chiefs
NFL.com: 81. New York Giants
Tyler Goodson, Iowa
NFL.com: 141. Baltimore Ravens
Eyioma Uwazurike, Iowa State
ESPN: 146. New York Jets
NFL.com: 218. Los Angeles Rams
Mike Rose: Iowa State
ESPN: 163. New York Jets
NFL.com: 229. Seattle Seahawks
Dane Belton, Iowa
ESPN: 211. Los Angeles Rams
NFL.com: 147. New York Giants
Brock Purdy, Iowa State
NFL.com: 201. Arizona Cardinals
Chase Allen, Iowa State
ESPN: 225. Pittsburgh Steelers
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