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Iowa redshirt senior S Jordan Lomax "uses his compact build and tenacious attitude to punish defenders coming into his space, but the former cornerback has the footwork to be effective in coverage as well," notes Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Lomax was tremendous in his first year as a starter, posting 92 tackles, an interception and six breakups last year. That output earned him honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline grades Lomax as a Rd. 2 prospect heading into the season and calls him "a Bob Sanders type."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 3:56 PM

Iowa redshirt freshman DB Jalen Embry has opted to transfer from Iowa to an unspecified JUCO program.

A Detroit native, Embry will head to points unknown now that his Hawkeye career has ended. Said head coach Kirk Ferentz in a statement, "Jalen has elected to continue his academic and football career at a junior college and leaves Iowa in good standing; both academically and through his citizenship. Our staff and Jalen’s teammates wish him the best." The 6-foot, 184-pound corner was named to the first team all-state team by the Detroit Free Press during his senior year of high school.
Source: The Gazette
Aug 19 - 8:30 PM

Iowa senior WR Tevaun Smith "has the ability to be a solid No. 2 option for an NFL team within a couple of seasons," proposes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Smith has flashed potential in a part-time starting role the past two seasons, and is ready to become the team's go-to playmaker," wrote Reuter. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Smith was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2014 with 43 catches for 596 yards and three scores. Smith, who grew up in Toronto, Ontario, boasts 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 10 - 12:20 AM

Iowa will stand by junior C.J. Beathard as the school's starting QB.

The decision was made back in January, leading to Jake Rudock's transfer to Michigan. "We thought it was the best thing to do," head coach Kirk Ferentz said about the early decision. "I think there's a stronger consensus right now that we did the right thing." Ferentz repeatedly talked about how much Beathard has matured since the announcement.
Aug 8 - 3:37 PM

Iowa senior DE Drew Ott "has the size and agility to stay outside in a four-man NFL front," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"The former Nebraska Gatorade High School Player of the Year is a productive strong-side end for the Hawkeyes," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Ott posted 57 total tackles in 13 starts last year and led the team in sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (12). "He has the size and agility to stay outside in a four-man NFL front, containing the edge vs. the run and hustling his way to the quarterback if the ball doesn't leave the pocket quickly," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 12:53 AM

Iowa senior WR Tevaun Smith might be a "sleeper on offense," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline

"I grade him as a 7th rounder, which I’m told is a smidge higher than scouts but the senior has a next level build plus deceptive speed," Pauline wrote. Smith, a former three-star recruit, boasts 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
Jul 31 - 2:28 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline calls Iowa redshirt senior S Jordan Lomax "a Bob Sanders type."

Pauline grades Lomax as a Rd. 2 prospect heading into the season. "Lomax is a Bob Sanders type; height deficient but explosive defending the run while also displaying ball skills outside the numbers," Pauline wrote. It's not surprising that Lomax excels in coverage, as he moved from cornerback to safety during 2013 spring practices. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last year, posting 92 tackles, including 44 solo stops and 48 assists.
Jul 30 - 8:52 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that Iowa redshirt junior CB Greg Mabin "has better size than [Desmond King] and also offers next level ball skills."

King drew a third-round grade, to give some context. Mabin, on the other hand, was given a Rds. 4-5 grade. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Mabin's frame will make scouts salivate. If he shows on-field improvement this fall, he could shoot up boards.
Jul 30 - 6:35 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline, Iowa junior CB Desmond King is a "shut down corner with complete ball skills."

Pretty high praise for a player you haven't heard much about, right? The reason for that is King "lacks great measurables," according to Pauline. Don't sleep on King: Pauline grades him as a third-round prospect, and CBS Sports' Rob Rang compares King to former Hawkeye star (and current Green Bay Packer) Micah Hyde.
Jul 30 - 4:47 PM

Iowa senior DE Drew Ott has been named to the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, presented annually to the national defensive player of the year.

The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Ott started all 13 games in 2014, recording 57 total tackles, including 26 solo stops and 31 assists. Last season, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that Ott was "building a buzz for himself in scouting circles."
Jul 10 - 4:14 PM

Iowa senior TE Jake Duzey is the No. 4 senior tight end draft prospect in the nation, believes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"The 6-foot-4, 248-pounder was the leading pass-catcher among Big Ten tight ends last season, and he has decent speed, too," Kiper wrote. "He'll run in the 4.5s." NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein is a bit more optimistic about Duzey, ranking him as the No. 2 tight end in college football.
Jul 9 - 6:38 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Iowa junior CB Desmond King reminds him of "former Iowa standout - and current Green Bay Packers defensive back - Micah Hyde."

"King reminds a bit of former Iowa standout - and current Green Bay Packers defensive back - Micah Hyde. Like Hyde, there are some concerns about King's straight-line speed, which could push him to safety in the NFL. While perhaps lacking top notch acceleration, King possesses loose hips to change direction quickly as well as good instincts and ball-skills to make the interceptions when opportunities arise," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound King recorded 64 tackles, with 42 solo stops and 22 assists in 2014, while leading the team with three interceptions for 72 yards and one touchdown last season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 2 - 2:06 PM

While scouts will appreciate the "versatility" Iowa redshirt senior C Austin Blythe has shown at Iowa, he "projects best at center in the NFL," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Blythe has been quite dependable for the Hawkeyes, starting at right guard as a redshirt freshman, with the versatility to switch between right guard, center, and left guard in 2014. The Iowa prospect earned Second team All-Big Ten by league coaches and honorable mention by media last season. Rang notes that Blythe "doesn't possess ideal arm-length and can be steered off course when pitted one on one against defenders with a significant reach advantage."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 1 - 4:00 PM

Iowa senior DE Drew Ott's "frame, strength and toughness could make him positon and scheme versatile in the eyes of scouts," CBS Sports' Rob Rang observes.

"He is quick to recognize runs to his side, showing good balance and strength to ride the offensive tackle and keep contain. His power and motor come into play as a pass rusher, as well, as Ott uses a strong bull rush to drive tackles onto their heels, as well as spatial awareness, lateral agility and hustle to slide laterally into gaps to get close to the quarterback. Ott's frame, strength and toughness could make him positon and scheme versatile in the eyes of scouts," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 272-pound Ott recorded 57 tackles, with 26 solo stops and 31 assists, while leading the team in sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (12) in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 1 - 2:37 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Iowa has three defensive backs who will garner at least mid-round draft grades.

Specifically, corners Greg Mabin and Desmond King drew mid-round and top-50 grades from Pauline, respectively, while safety Jordan Lomax enters the year with a Round 2 standing. The Hawkeyes lost a few standouts on the defensive line to the draft, so it's imperative that the secondary is stellar this fall in order to avoid a defensive dropoff.
Jun 29 - 10:16 PM


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