IF YOU LOVE THE NFL DRAFT LIKE I DO. By now, you're probably tired of mock drafts. It's been a long wait. Longer than usual with the Draft pushed back two weeks. But, tomorrow it begins.
It's a weekend long event now. For television money. I don't expect to hear any Hawkeye names tomorrow night in the Draft's first round but Friday night is a possibility and Saturday for sure. Let's see what the final mocks say about our beloved Hawks.
C.J. FIEDOROWICZ WILL LIKELY GO IN THE THIRD ROUND. Where? How about Green Bay, as mentioned above. The Patriots may be an option. He's considered by some a Top 5 tight end but we've seen Hawks drop on draft day before (Marvin McNutt). If he gets to the fourth round, maybe Tampa Bay would snag him up to back up fellow Hawkeye Brandon Myers. Or, how about the Falcons?
NEXT HAWKEYE OFF THE BOARD: CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY. His draft stock rose after a solid Senior Bowl and Pro Day. He's could be selected as high as the late third round but the fourth round is likely. One possible landing spot: the Broncos. The Texans could be another landing spot with their new Hawkeye-friendly coach, Bill O'Brien.
WHO ELSE? James Morris could be a late round pick. How about the Chiefs? Anthony Hitchens is also a possible 7th round pick along with Conor Boffeli and Brett Van Sloten. Iowa will have a large group of graduating seniors getting free agent contracts immediately following the draft too. Expect Tanner Miller, B.J. Lowery, Mike Meyer, Casey Kreiter and possibly Don Shumpert and Jordan Cotton to at least get a rookie camp invite. Remember, James Vandenberg, Joe Gaglione, Thomas Nardo and Greg Castillo all got to tryout for Pro Football. If you play for Kirk Ferentz and have desire to play at the pro level, you'll get a chance.
IOWA FOOTBALL IS RANKED IN A COUPLE OF POST-SPRING TOP 25S. ESPN's Mark Schlabach published his post-spring practice college football Top 25. He has the Hawks up one spot from his post-signing day Top 25 at #18. Over at CBS, Dennis Dodd ranks Iowa #23. Dodd's piece is a click-bait but hey, Hawks.
ALSO, KIRK FERENTZ IS MAKING THE I-CLUB ROUNDS.
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- Iowa's history against the Big East
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- Fiedorowicz believes he has answered NFL questions
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