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Pro Football Focus compared Iowa CB Desmond King to Tennessee Titans CB Logan Ryan.

"Like Ryan, King is a smart tackler who excels when the play is in front of him. King has missed a tackle once every 16.0 attempted over the past three years in college, while Ryan missed one every 20.3 attempted since arriving in the NFL," notes the PFF analysis team. Tackling prowess aside, the outlet refers to the 5-foot-10, 201-pound King as an "awkward player to place in the NFL" due to his deficiencies in man-to-man coverage. Multiple teams are reportedly viewing King as a safety, rather than a corner.
Mar 21 - 7:05 PM

Land of 10's Bobby La Gesse writes that Iowa sophomore QB Nathan Stanley is "the clear favorite" to start in 2017.

Iowa is looking to replace outgoing QB C.J. Beathard. The Hawkeyes could have redshirted Stanley last season, but instead opted not to burn that and rather let the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder compete with the first- and second-team offense in practice as Beathard's backup. Stanley was a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle. While La Gesse sees Stanley as the front-runner, here, HC Kirk Ferentz is playing his cards close to his vest, saying, "We’re not sure who that is going to be right now. We’ll let the guys compete at that position." In addition to Stanley, redshirt sophomore Drew Cook and redshirt junior Tyler Wiegers will also be in the mix, here.
Source: Land of 10
Mar 21 - 6:09 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Iowa TE George Kittle to former Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley.

"Cooley is bigger than Kittle, but he could line up in multiple spots including H-back or in the slot. Kittle will likely play in a similar role, creating passing game mismatches while perhaps even providing more in the run game than Cooley," explains the Pro Football Focus analysis crew. In addition to his athletic potential as a receiving option, Kittle is an ace blocker. Over the past two seasons, he yielded all of one quarterback pressure and during the past campaign, Kittle earned PFF's No. 2 run-blocking grade among tight ends in this draft class.
Mar 17 - 7:03 PM

Rivals' Blair Sanderson reports that Iowa redshirt senior WR Matt VandeBerg will miss spring practice after undergoing a second procedure on his foot.

VandeBerg was awarded a medical hardship waiver after breaking his right foot during a September practice. While that waiver will allow him to play in 2017 -- his collegiate career would have been finished without it -- just when he will be able to return to the field is unknown given this most recent surgical procedure. Back in 2015, VandeBerg logged a 65-703-4 receiving line in 14 games. The Hawkeyes boot up spring practice on March 22.
Source: Rivals
Mar 14 - 5:17 PM

Iowa TE George Kittle finished No. 3 in his position group with a 4.52 40-yard dash.

He added the third-best broad jump (132 inches) and the sixth-best vertical (35 inches) of all tight ends. Kittle was hobbled by a foot injury down the stretch last season, but he showed no worse for the wear in Indianapolis.
Source: Yahoo
Mar 6 - 5:39 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports that Iowa CB Desmond King will not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine due to an abdominal injury.

Per Garafolo, King will take part in other testing events in Indianapolis. Just not the premier one. The 5-foot-10, 206-pounder is planning on running the 40 at his pro day, assuming no additional health setbacks. He should be considered a borderline first-round prospect.
Mar 3 - 4:43 PM

Iowa QB C.J. Beathard was likened to Tom Savage by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

"His 2015 tape was more impressive [than his 2016 tape], but deep-ball accuracy issues, poor pocket awareness, and unnecessary hesitation as a passer shows up in both seasons," Zierlein wrote. "Beathard plays checkers with safeties rather than chess, which could always hinder his ability to attack down the field with success. Could be a career backup who finds himself in the action at some point down the road." After completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 2,809 pass yards and a 17/5 TD/INT rate in 2015, Beathard fell off as a senior (56.5 completion pct, 1,929 yards, 14/10 TD/INT)
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:45 PM

Former Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson said that redshirt freshman T Alaric Jackson was "probably one of the strongest freshmen that I’ve seen in the program."

While Jackson redshirted this past season and was not able to show off his big boy strength on Game Day, he has plenty of untapped potential to be molded by HC Kirk Ferentz and company. "He’s definitely athletic for his size. He can move," Johnson said in breaking down the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder's game. "Really, if it’s next year or a few years from now, he’s going to be doing some good things for Iowa." Jackson ranked as a three-star recruit on Rivals during the 2016 cycle.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 19 - 2:10 PM

Iowa hired North Dakota State OC Tim Polasek to serve as offensive line coach.

Said Hawkeyes HC Kirk Ferentz in a statement, "Tim has been involved in programs that have won at a very high level, earning a reputation as a great teacher, and as an individual who has established great relationships with his co-workers and players." Over the course of two separate jaunts with North Dakota State, Polasek spent a combined 10 years on that FCS sideline.
Feb 14 - 7:39 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman passes along that Iowa will hire Northern Illinois WR coach/special teams coordinator Kelton Copeland to serve as wide receivers coach.

Copeland had roamed the Northern Illinois sideline since 2013. He coached up the running back unit his first two years at NIU before shifting over to coaching wide receivers this past season. Now moving on to Iowa, he will work under new Hawkeyes OC Brian Ferentz.
Source: Feldman
Feb 14 - 5:52 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell forwards Iowa freshman RB Kyshaun Bryan as a player who could potentially outperform his 2017 ranking.

Bryan slid into Iowa's 2017 class as a three-star running back and the No. 6 all-purpose back by Rivals' standards. Farrell wonders if he might find a way to outperform Eno Benjamin, a one-time Iowa commitment who eventually ended up at Arizona State. "Bryan is a patient runner [who] flashes a second gear when given daylight in the open field," notes Scout.com. "This Florida native is a tough runner [who] possesses impressive vision and instincts when operating in the open field." It should be noted that the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder dealt with his fair share of injuries during his high school career at St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida).
Source: Rivals
Feb 10 - 8:41 PM

Iowa signed four-star 2017 T Mark Kallenberger.

Along with five-star DL A.J. Epenesa, Kallenberger stands as a jewel in Iowa's 2017 recruiting class. He pledged his name to the Hawkeyes last March and there was no subsequent winter drama on National Signing Day. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder as the No. 4 tackle prospect in the Midwest for the 2017 cycle, noting that Kallenberger "[b]locks to the whistle and [his] feet don't stop until the play is over or his man is on the ground." The outlet would like to see him fill out physically while improving his work in pass protection.
Feb 9 - 2:19 PM

Iowa hired Miami Dolphins assistant Ken O'Keefe to serve as quarterback coach.

O'Keefe has served in multiple capacities on the Dolphins sideline over the past five seasons. Prior to that NFL gig, he had acted as Hawkeyes offensive coordinator under HC Kirk Ferentz from 1999-2011. In a reminder that time is just a snake eating its own tail, O'Keefe will be working alongside OC Brian Ferentz, whom O'Keefe coached during Ferentz's time as an offensive lineman at Iowa during the mid-2000's.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 7:41 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that "[t]he more people I speak with the more it seems [Iowa CB] Desmond King has locked himself out of the first round."

"Leaving Mobile many felt King was badly exposed during Senior Bowl practice and has more limitations than first thought," Pauline writes. During the Senior Bowl practice week, the analyst noted that some squads had been shifting King from corner to safety on their boards due to concerns over his speed and size. He checked in at 5-foot-10 during Senior Bowl festivities. Should King be "locked out" of the first round this spring, he should be able to find himself a team by the end of the second round.
Feb 3 - 5:30 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that Iowa five-star 2017 verbal DE commit A.J. Epenesa "has the perfect mentality to become a leader and team captain for the Hawkeyes down the road."

"A big, powerful rush end with a great work ethic and motor? That’s Epenesa, who will fit right in with the defensive scheme at Iowa and lead by example," Farrell explains. We have long had our eye on the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, who has not budged off his Iowa pledge from last February at any point in the proceeding months. In their final set of rankings for 2017, Rivals placed Epenesa at No. 30 overall on the master list. They were also kind enough to toss a coveted fifth star his way. Josh Helmholdt -- the outlet's Midwest recruiting analyst -- has written that Epenesa is "uniquely athletic for his size and possesses rare physical gifts."
Source: Rivals
Jan 27 - 5:24 PM


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