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Iowa sophomore TE Noah Fant had a gun pointed at him in an Omaha park on Tuesday, but the incident did not escalate.

According to the Omaha Police Department's report on the incident, a man pulled a gun on Fant in a park and told him to leave. Fant then left and called the police, who later arrested Matthew Trimble, 23, for the alleged incident. Trimble is facing a charge of making a terroristic threat with a firearm.
Source: Land of 10
May 25 - 4:59 PM

Iowa sophomore CB Manny Rugamba has recovered from the broken collarbone he suffered at the end of the 2016 season.

Rugamba broke his collarbone against Nebraska and subsequently sat out the Hawkeyes' bowl loss to Florida while recovering. The injury marked a premature end to what had been a nice freshman campaign for the 6-foot, 172-pounder, who logged 19 tackles and a pair of interceptions in 12 games. Iowa is hoping to see him step up as a leader during the coming season with Desmond King moving on to the NFL.
Source: Land of 10
May 16 - 5:58 PM

Iowa junior WR Nick Easley worked with the first-team offense this spring.

If you're looking for a deep Big 10 sleeper to break out this fall, consider Easley. A former JUCO All-America selection, Easley elected to walk on at Iowa instead of taking a scholarship offer from FCS schools like Western Illinois, Southern Illinois and Indiana State. Last year, he led all JUCO programs in catches (72) and ranked No. 5 in yards (954) and No. 13 in yards per game (79.5). With Matt VandeBerg's health a concern and Jerminic Smith having left the program, Easley may vie to lead the team in catches in 2017. Former slot receiver Riley McCarron, who graduated, led the Hawkeyes with 42 receptions, 517 receiving yards and four touchdowns last season. Easley is hoping to win his old job.
Source: Land of
May 16 - 2:30 PM

Iowa junior WR Jerminic Smith left the team.

While Hawkeyes HC Kirk Ferentz confirmed that Smith is no longer part of the team, no reason was given for his departure. It is not known whether the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is looking to transfer. This past season, he caught 23 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
May 12 - 5:40 PM

Iowa senior TE Jon Wisnieski (knee) was fully healthy this spring.

Wisnieski lost half of last season upon suffering an MCL sprain. He caught one ball for 16 yards in the spring game. Noah Fant is the odds-on favorite to replace George Kittle, a fifth-round er of the San Francisco 49ers, as the starting tight end.
Source: Land of 10
May 12 - 2:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projected Iowa redshirt senior LB Josey Jewell into Round 1 in a 2018 mock draft.

This is the first Round 1 projection that we've read about Jewell. "This will come as a surprise to many," Pauline wrote, "but Jewell reminds me of a Kiko Alonso-type who can play multiple linebacker positions." The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Jewell is versatile, durable and productive.
May 8 - 3:50 PM

Iowa DC Phil Parker has ruled out the possibility of shifting freshman DE A.J. Epenesa to defensive tackle.

"To ask a true freshman as a defensive lineman to come in, and, ‘Hey, you’re going to be our starting defensive end and we’re going to move you inside and play a three technique or one technique,’ I think that’s a little too much right now," Parker said. The thought had been bandied about as a bandaid for Iowa's now soft interior -- the team lost Jaleel Johnson to the Vikings in the draft and occasional starter Faith Ekakitie is also no longer with the team. For the time being, it looks like the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Epenesa will stick at defensive end. He was a five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Land of 10
May 7 - 12:59 PM

Land of 10's Scott Dochterman writes that Iowa sophomore TE Noah Fant is the most likely step in for the NFL-departed George Kittle as "the go-to tight end in the passing game."

"He’s a talented guy and has a good attitude. Every snap he takes is really still a learning experience, and it’s really beneficial for him," said Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Fant caught nine passes for 70 yards and a touchdown across 10 games played. In addition to Fant, redshirt freshman T.J. Hockerson, redshirt freshman Shaun Bayer and senior Jon Wisnieski all saw relatively significant playing time in the team's spring game and could be factors at the position in 2017.
Source: Land of 10
May 7 - 12:16 PM

Chargers selected Iowa DB Desmond King with the No. 151 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

King (5’10/201) was a rare four-year starter in Iowa's secondary, amassing 47 career pass breakups with 14 interceptions and also returning both punts and kicks. King won the Jim Thorpe and Jack Tatum Awards with eight INTs in 2015, and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season. Due to 4.60 speed but terrific run-support and tackling skills, King is likely headed for safety in the pros. While not an exceptional athlete, King has the requisite physicality and short-area quicks to cover slot receivers in addition to manning the back half. King's sub-par measurables were the reason he fell into the Chargers' fifth-round lap.
Apr 29 - 2:25 PM

49ers selected Iowa TE George Kittle with the No. 146 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kittle (6’4/247) was a two-year starter for Iowa, graduating with a career 48/737/10 (15.4 YPR) receiving line while blocking on most of his snaps. He only earned honorable mention All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a senior. As a blocker, PFF College charted Kittle with just one QB pressure allowed over his final two seasons and gave him the second-highest run-blocking grade among tight ends in 2016, behind O.J. Howard. A wideout and safety in high school, Kittle may offer more upside than his college stats suggest as an exceptional athlete with 4.52 speed and incredible vertical (35") and broad (11’) jump numbers. Kittle's addition further hints at Vance McDonald's shaky roster security despite last year's pricey contract extension.
Apr 29 - 2:13 PM

Vikings selected Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson with the No. 109 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Johnson (6’3/316) was a two-year starter, recording 18 career tackles for loss and 12 sacks and earning first-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a senior. He proceeded to bomb the Combine, testing as a fifth-percentile athlete. A heavyweight wrestler in high school, Johnson won with relentless effort, interior bull rush, and technically-sound hand usage on college tape. Not quite powerful enough to play nose tackle or explosive enough for three technique, Johnson profiles as a No. 2/3 defensive tackle capable of providing 15-25 useful snaps per game.
Apr 29 - 12:19 PM

49ers selected Iowa QB C.J. Beathard with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 49ers entered this draft looking for their quarterback of the future, and this pick is not going to change that. Beathard (6’2/219) made 28 starts in Iowa's pro-style, play-action offense, compiling a 21-7 record but completing just 58.1% of his passes with a 7.0 yards-per-attempt average and 40:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He slumped to 56.5% completions and 6.4 YPA as a senior. The nephew of longtime GM Bobby Beathard, C.J. projects as a career backup with inconsistent touch, poor pocket presence, and slow mechanics which led to 58 sacks over his final two years. His ceiling is likely in the T.J. Yates range.
Apr 28 - 11:34 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Iowa QB C.J. Beathard will "end up being one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league."

This is one of the best back-handed anonymous compliments that we've read during the process. "As a starter, he doesn’t do a lot of things by himself," the scout said. "But he’s got a good arm, he’s accurate and has intangibles. Athletically, you want a little bit better." Beathard entered last season with more fans in NFL circles, but he sealed his fate as a Day 3 afterthought upon dropping off from a 95.7 rating as a junior to an 80.8 rating as a senior. "He’ll play 10 years as a second- or third-team quarterback," said a second scout. "He’s smart as (expletive) and a great kid. His grandfather should be in the Hall of Fame." A third scout concluded: "In the games where they put pressure on him he just starts putting the ball up for grabs. He did play hurt. In the bowl game they beat the crap out of him and he kept coming back."
Apr 26 - 12:49 PM

The San Francisco 49ers hosted Iowa TE George Kittle for a pre-Draft visit on Wednesday.

Some see a big tight end sleeper in Kittle. He played in a pro-style offense at Iowa, is happy to block, shows natural receiving ability and displayed tremendous athleticism at the NFL Combine. Kittle's 40-yard dash of 4.52 seconds was No. 3 among tight ends and he chipped in the third-best broad jump (132 inches) and the sixth-best vertical (35 inches) in his positional group.
Apr 20 - 1:35 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes Iowa QB C.J. Beathard's draft slot could be higher than expected.

This might be the shocker of draft season, but buzz builds for a quarterback faster than any other position. Beathard is not a common name in quarterback rankings, so perhaps Rapoport is hearing him mentioned by a single team. Or this is a favor to an agent. This reminds us of the Garrett Gilbert buzz from a few years ago.
Apr 19 - 10:08 AM


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