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ESPN's Mitch Sherman speculated that Iowa senior CB Desmond King could be used as an offensive weapon.

This is just Sherman's speculation, not any concrete sort of news. Still, King-on-offense is at least an interesting idea and it wouldn't shock us if it had crossed the mind of HC Kirk Ferentz a time or 10 during some of Iowa's offensive droughts. Wrote Sherman, "Coach Kirk Ferentz might be tempted [to utilize King on offense], though the Hawkeyes possess some nice talent already at receiver." For his career with the Hawkeyes, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound corner has picked off 11 passes. Eight of those interceptions came last season. King finished the 2015 campaign being named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, handed out annually to the top defensive back in the country.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 12:34 PM

In an initial ranking of the top prospects for the 2017 draft, CBS Sports' Rob Rang tagged Iowa senior CB Desmond King as the second-best senior in the class.

Alabama DE Jonathan Allen took top senior billing on Rang's early look at 2017, followed immediately by King. "The reigning [Jim] Thorpe Award winner is a ballhawk who may have earned first-round consideration had he entered the 2016 NFL Draft," wrote the analyst. For the 2015 campaign, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound defensive wizard intercepted eight passes to help lead Iowa to a near-undefeated season. He could have jumped for this year's draft, but opted to return to the fertile football basin of Iowa City. During the spring, he addressed his decision, saying, "One of the reasons I'm back is that I needed to work and wanted to work to get better. I think I've been able to do that."
Source: CBS Sports
May 14 - 3:21 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz said that senior CB Desmond King has "just gone out and practiced and he’s done a lot of really good things."

"[King]’s had a good steadiness to him, good instincts, competitive," Ferentz said, "and we are all counting on him to be a real strong leader for us as well as a good player." The 5-foot-11, 200-pound corner feels confident in the Hawkeye spring, saying, "It’s been a good spring for me, for all of us really. One of the reasons I’m back is that I needed to work and wanted to work to get better. I think I’ve been able to do that." Last season, he recorded 72 tackles while intercepting a whopping eight passes on his way to winning the Jim Thorpe Award, handed out annually to the best defensive back in the country.
Source: qctimes.com
May 13 - 7:56 PM

UDFA Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri will attend the Browns' rookie minicamp on Friday.

Cleveland is at least the third team who has brought Canzeri in for a post-Draft look-see, following the Chiefs and Saints. Canzeri (5’7, 190) offers more strength on (broke a surprising number of tackles for a runner his size) and off the field (20 bench reps at Iowa's Pro Day) than you'd expect and runs a forty in the 4.4s. He also has the hands, brains and special teams acumen to fight for a final roster spot if given the opportunity, but size and durability may deprive him of one.
May 13 - 3:02 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter called Iowa senior QB C.J. Beathard one of his favorite players in the senior class.

Note, Beathard is not just one of Reuter's favorite senior quarterbacks. He is one of Reuter's favorite players in the class, regardless of position. Lofty praise. Wrote the analyst, "He's a leader, and has the arm strength and mobility to be an effective NFL starter." Keep an eye on the 6-foot-2, 203-pounder into the 2016 season, as scouts begin to take a closer look at next year's class. Beathard threw for 2,809 yards (61.6% completions) with a 17/5 TD/INT ratio in 2015. He isn't an elite prospect by any stretch of the imagination, but we have seen far less competent quarterbacks make it to the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
May 12 - 6:00 PM

Chiefs invited Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri to their rookie minicamp.

Canzeri (5’7, 190) offers a surprising strength element given his size. He hoisted the bar 20 times in the bench press during the Iowa Pro Day. The diminutive runner also impressed with his 40-yard dash, sprinting through the keystone event in just 4.49 seconds. While he has perfectly acceptable speed for the NFL, the Chiefs are already loaded at running back, with Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West, Knile Davis and Spencer Ware locked into roster spots. Should they pass on Canzeri, he could latch on with the Saints, who likewise invited him to their rookie minicamp.
May 12 - 3:42 PM

Rams signed Iowa S Jordan Lomax.

Lomax (5'10/202) transitioned from cornerback to safety as a redshirt sophomore in 2013 and went on to start as a junior and senior, tallying two career interceptions and 14 pass breakups. A heady safety, Lomas was an annual Academic All-Big Ten pick and earned third-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches for his defensive play in 2015. With 4.66 (Pro Day) to 4.75 (Combine) wheels, Lomax packs pop as a hitter but is speed deficient and an unreliable tackler, particularly in space. He's a long shot for an NFL future.
May 2 - 8:54 PM

Broncos signed Iowa TE Henry Krieger-Coble.

Krieger-Coble (6'3/249) made 14 career starts for the Hawkeyes, failing to catch a pass before his senior year wherein Krieger-Coble managed a 35-405-1 (11.6 YPR) receiving line. He earned a "Team Hustle" Award in 2015, but failed to receive All-Big Ten recognition. Krieger-Coble struggled at Iowa's Pro Day, clocking 4.91 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-2 broad jump. Short armed (31 3/8") and not particularly big or athletic, Krieger-Coble's calling card is his ability to block like a bigger tight end. He's a poor man's Lance Kendricks.
May 2 - 4:03 PM

Dolphins signed Iowa K Marshall Koehn.

Koehn (6'1/197) spent two seasons as the Hawkeyes' kicker, going 28-of-36 (77.8 percent) on field goal attempts. He doubled as Iowa's kickoff specialist, turning 90 of his 147 career kicks (61.2 percent) into touchbacks. Koehn's leg strength is barely adequate or worse, and he didn't display consistent accuracy as a field goal or PAT kicker in the Big Ten. He's an NFL long shot.
May 1 - 2:19 PM

Colts selected Iowa C Austin Blythe with the No. 248 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Blythe (6'2/298) made 49 starts on the offensive line, seeing first-team action at both guard and center. He was a full-time center as a senior, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. Blythe's build and short arms (30 1/4") will limit him to pivot only in the pros. Albeit undersized and not a standout athlete, Blythe's consistency, sneaky strength, and advanced technique give him a chance to become a lower-end NFL center, but will obviously now play behind Ryan Kelly.
Apr 30 - 6:32 PM

ESPN Junior 300 RB Eno Benjamin committed to Iowa.

Typically a school that targets lesser-recruited players who fit Kirk Ferentz's systems, the Hawkeyes now have their second gigantic commitment in the 2017 cycle before the 2016 season has even begun. First came No. 4-ranked defensive end A.J. Espensa in January. Now, Iowa has the 5-foot-10, 203-pound Benjamin's pledge. Benjamin, No. 164 in ESPN's rankings, is still being pursued heavily by other schools, most notably his native Texas. " While not a home run threat with long speed, Benjamin has physicality for his size, the ability to leverage power and push the pile," ESPN wrote. "He is a three-down back that can catch the ball very effectively out of the backfield and is effective in blitz pickup."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 7:33 PM

Iowa S Jordan Lomax took part in the Redskins' local prospect day.

An NFC East area scout referred to Lomax as "short," but also "pretty well built" at 5-foot-9, 203-pound. The scout doesn't think size will necessarily hurt Lomax at the next level. During athletic testing on his March Pro Day, he ran the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.6's while logging a vertical leap of 38 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-1. That NFC East area scout believes that even if Lomax is not drafted, he should make it into camp with a club through undrafted free agency.
Apr 21 - 12:14 PM

Pro Football Focus is keen on the run-blocking skill-set of Iowa C Austin Blythe, but questions his work in pass protection.

PFF was particularly horrified by Blythe's work protecting the pass during the Senior Bowl week, with Mike Renner writing, "Blythe is a mess in pass protection, finishing the Senior Bowl week with the second-lowest success rate in one-on-ones of any player in attendance." The outlet is much more complimentary of his blocking on running plays, as Renner noted that the 6-foot-2, 296-pounder "generates some of the most movement in the entire class when he locks into his block." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has compared him to Matt Paradis, who was selected by the Broncos in the sixth round of the 2014 draft.
Apr 16 - 3:45 PM

Iowa TE Henry Krieger-Coble "will likely be limited to a move or H-Back type role and I’m not certain he has the requisite athleticism for either," believes Pro Football Focus analyst Michael Renner.

The analyst argued that Krieger-Coble is not actually what he's perceived to be. Because he came from Iowa's pro-style, run-heavy offense, Krieger-Coble often was deployed as an inline blocker, leading to a narrative that he's good at it. Not so, according to PFF. "His -8.3 run blocking grade a year ago is among the worst in the draft class and his height (6-3) and short arms (31 ⅜ inches) won’t do him any favors against NFL defensive ends," Renner wrote.
Apr 15 - 8:34 PM

Iowa DL Drew Ott is in Indianapolis for Combine medical rechecks.

This is the first official NFL scouting event Ott has been allowed to participate in as a member of the draft class of 2016 after the NCAA ignored his medical hardship waiver request for months. The NFL will now look into the very torn knee ligaments that caused Ott to apply for that redshirt in the first place. "Presumably, NFL clubs have been doing their due diligence on Ott anyway, but they now know he's in the draft field as he returns to Indianapolis to have his knee looked at once again," noted NFL.com.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 9:48 PM


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