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Iowa redshirt senior LB Aaron Mends will miss "extended time" after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Mends (6'0/227) is expected to be a starter for the Hawkeyes' defense, but that could be in jeopardy with the injury. The only information given was that it was suffered during the final week of Iowa's spring practices, but there are reports it involves his knee. This could be a substantial loss for Iowa.
Apr 21 - 2:59 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Chad Reuter believes that Iowa LB Josey Jewell is the most underrated prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Reuter doesn't expect Jewell to go in the first two rounds, and that makes him a potential steal in his eyes. " While he doesn't have exceptional straight-line speed, Jewell's tape and NFL Scouting Combine workout displayed good short-area quickness to adjust to oncoming ball carriers," Reuter writes. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker was a tackling machine for the Hawkeyes, and Reuter goes so far as to predict he'll lead his new team in tackles for the next six-to-seven years.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 1:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Green Bay Packers are seriously considering selecting Iowa CB Josh Jackson or Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick with the No. 14 pick.

Pauline passes along that the player most adored by the Pack is Ohio State CB Denzel Ward, but it's quite unlikely that he would be available at their current slot. Enter Jackson or Fitzpatrick, whom Pauline notes both offer the versatility that Green Bay is looking for in a defensive back prospect.
Apr 19 - 4:50 PM

Pro Football Focus's Josh Liskiewitz believes that Iowa CB Josh Jackson fits best with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals have a need at corner to play on the other side of Patrick Peterson, and assuming Arizona doesn't go aver a quarterback of the future with the 15th pick, Jackson certainly wouldn't be a reach. "What makes Jackson a great fit for Arizona is two-fold: his athleticism, size and instincts mean he should not be scheme-dependent at the next level," Liskiewitz writes. "Secondly, the No. 2 cornerback for the Cardinals must be able to play the ball effectively considering the high volume of targets he will face, and no one in college football was better at making huge plays with the ball in the air last year than Jackson." We could see this being a perfect match -- again, assuming they don't go the quarterback route.
Apr 16 - 10:56 PM

Devy Watch's LJ Chaney passes along that Iowa junior TE Noah Fant set a pair of team positional records in spring testing when he posted a 41.1-inch vertical jump and a 3.95-second run in the short shuttle.

Just fantastic work by Fant to make his mark this spring as he gears toward a potential emergence onto the national stage as a legitimate Day 1 candidate for the 2019 draft. The 6-foot-5, 232-pounder is fresh off a breakout statistical season in which he logged a 30-494-11 receiving line. That mark for receiving touchdowns was tops in the Big Ten regardless of position, while his 16.5 yards per reception mark was good for second in the conference. Fant indicated this offseason that he's looking to improve on his run blocking and his route running heading into the upcoming campaign. With QB Nathan Stanley presumably taking developmental steps and Iowa looking to replace both Akrum Wadley and James Butler in the backfield, we wouldn't be surprised if the Hawkeyes opened up their passing game by degrees this upcoming season. Expect to hear Fant's name plenty over the next year, especially if he declares for the draft after the season.
Apr 13 - 3:03 PM

Iowa CB Josh Jackson will visit the Bears on Tuesday.

The Bears matched an offer sheet for Kyle Fuller and roster Prince Amukamara, but likely won't stop there. Jackson will be viewed by some as the top corner in the class. He plays the ball so well in the air, almost like a receiver.
Apr 3 - 10:39 AM

Iowa C James Daniels has seven team visits scheduled with the Cowboys, Broncos, Rams, 49ers, Bears, Panthers and the Eagles, per Rob Howe.

Daniels is the top center on Josh Norris' board and is slotted at No. 17 overall. Daniels' best attributes are pass protection and his movement, as he can easily pull and lead block or reach the second level. Norris even compared his game to Ryan Kalil. He should be a first-round pick and is also one of the youngest prospects in this class.
Mar 27 - 11:10 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Buccaneers, Eagles and Titans are three teams showing heavy interest in Iowa C James Daniels.

Daniels had his pro day on Monday, and because of a lingering hamstring injury, he didn't run the 40-yard dash. He did participate in position drills, however. The center ranks at or near the top of the group in the 2018 class, and he has a chance to go in the first 32 picks for a team that's looking for immediate production in the middle of the offensive line.
Mar 26 - 6:26 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Iowa CB Josh Jackson tested well at the Iowa pro day.

Pauline reports that Jackson ran his 40 yard dash in the low-to-mid 4.40s, which is a big improvement on his time from the Scouting Combine (4.56). It's important to keep in mind that these are hand timed, so there's much more margin for error than the laser times in Indianapolis. Jackson's tape was going to speak louder than his testing anyway -- and he performed well in the combine at everything but the 40 yard dash -- and it's why he's very likely to be a first round selection. It sounds like his pro day just helps confirm it.
Mar 26 - 5:35 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Iowa CB Josh Jackson as class' top cornerback.

Jackson, who can play inside and outside, checks in at No. 11 overall on Norris' big board. "Anticipates certain routes and understands he has sideline help," Norris wrote. "Very good in isolation in the red zone. It is his ball in the air, and Jackson’s receiver background likely plays a role in that." Jackson is Rotoworld's No. 1 corner in the 2018 class, with Thor Nystrom also siding with him slightly over Denzel Ward. Outside our walls, Ward remains the No. 1 CB on the majority of boards around the industry at present time.
Source: Rotoworld
Mar 25 - 12:45 PM

A college scouting director for an NFC team said that Iowa C James Daniels "would come in and challenge for best center in our division right away."

That is some lofty talk right there. The scouting director said that "the Iowa guys are always going to be quick and proficient." He notes that while Hawkeye linemen can sometimes trend on the smaller side, the 6-foot-3, 306-pound Daniels has "pretty good functional power." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 1 center prospect in the 2018 draft class. Round 1 should not be considered a given for Daniels, but we view him as that kind of prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 3:19 PM

Iowa senior basketball player Ahmad Wagner is quitting basketball to focus on football.

Wagner (6'7/235) will be sticking it out with Iowa for at least the remainder of the spring semester as he trains for his embarkation into his football career. It's not known whether he plans on simply moving to HC Kirk Ferentz's squad after the semester's completion or if a transfer will be in order. While his experience on the gridiron is limited, Wagner had success as a wide receiver during his senior season of high school and has the frame for the game. His future position is unclear, but we've seen multiple basketball players make the transition to football as tight ends.
Mar 21 - 1:49 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Iowa OL Sean Welsh to Rams OL Austin Blythe.

Blythe was went to Iowa, so this is a fun comp. Welsh's biggest selling point might be his versatility, as he's played center,guard and tackle and looked solid at each position. His position in the NFL is likely center, where his athleticism and ability to redirect should help compensate for a lack of elite size (6'2/300) and inconsistency as a finisher. "Welsh's solid technique and potential to swing from center to guard in a pinch will benefit his roster chances," writes Zierlein. "Welsh has decent talent, but below average physical traits which could force him into a purgatory between starter and backup."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 12:21 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Iowa RB Akrum Wadley to Colts RB Marlon Mack.

No one denies that Wadley has quality athleticism. Zierlein notes that he "often finds yardage for himself with sudden jump-cuts, spin moves, and a variety of head and shoulder fakes that leave tacklers on the turf." The question is whether or not he has the build (5'9/194) to handle the ferociousness that is NFL tacklers. "Wadley's unique talent in creating unblocked yardage for himself is a huge plus and his ability to catch passes and return kicks should add to his value," Zierlein writes. "However, his lack of play strength and decisiveness as a runner might limit the number of teams willing to look at him inside the first two days of the draft."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 1:08 PM

An NFC defensive backs coach said that Iowa CB Josh Jackson "will probably need some time to smooth out the kinks."

"I didn't think he was going to be fast, but I thought he would look smoother in the drills," the DB coach said. Jackson put on the parachute for a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. While that run drew the headlines, he still posted a composite testing score in the 76th percentile of NFL corners, per Three Sigma Athlete. That's plenty respectable and we don't see him dropping out of the first-round conversation completely, even with some of his stumbles in Indianapolis.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 4:57 PM


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