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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

Iowa senior TE Jake Duzey "is a difficult matchup down the field," observes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The scribe ranks Duzey as the No. 2 tight end in college football. "After leading Big Ten tight ends in receptions last season, it is reasonable to expect another jump in production for the athletic tight end," he wrote. "Duzey, a three-year basketball letterman in high school, is a fluid athlete with an ability to accelerate off the line of scrimmage and put slower linebackers in a trailing position. Iowa expects tight ends to be able to block and Duzey needs work in that area." The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder replaced C.J. Fiedorowicz in the starting lineup.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 8:13 PM

ESPN writers Dan Murphy and Austin Ward believe Iowa senior Drew Ott is the second best DE in the Big Ten behind Ohio State's Joey Bosa.

Ott "can bull rush with the best of them in the Big Ten, but he's also a versatile athlete on the line," Murphy writes. More focus should be on the 6'4/270 lbs edge rusher since Iowa lost Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat to the NFL. The third member of this roundtable, Josh Moyer, selected Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun. Penn State's Anthony Zettel must not qualify, as he spends a lot of time rushing form the inside.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 11:18 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranks Iowa senior DE Drew Ott as the No. 20 defensive end in college football.

"Ott has developed into a reliable force off the edge for the Hawkeyes, with high energy, a quick first step and good instincts," Brown wrote. "He had 12 tackles for loss, 7 ½ sacks, 57 tackles and an interception as a junior, although now he faces a tougher situation without the services of defensive tackles Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat next to him." Last season, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Ott was "building a buzz for himself in scouting circles."
Jun 9 - 1:32 AM

NFL Media ranks Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz as having the No. 9 hottest seat in college football.

"The Hawkeyes haven't had a winning record in the Big Ten since 2010, and it certainly looks as if Ferentz's 'shelf life' in Iowa City has expired (sort of like the shelf lives for Mack Brown at Texas, Phil Fulmer at Tennessee and Bobby Bowden at Florida State had expired when they were eased out or fired)," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "His offenses have grown mighty stale, that's for sure. Iowa has lost at least five games in each of the past five seasons." We disagree that Ferentz is on tenuous ground. First off, he's been successful, having gone 115-85 in 16 seasons in a barren recruiting wasteland. Secondly, the school's biggest boosters are staunch supporters of Ferentz. That's important, because those people would probably have to pay a good portion of the $13 million buyout the coach would be owed if terminated prematurely.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 3 - 12:46 AM

Iowa was 97th in adjusted line yards on offense during the 2014 season despite starting Brandon Scherff (No. 5 pick) and Andrew Donnal (4th round pick).

"Rarely will you see something that incongruous," SB Nation's Bill Connelly writes. Adjusted line yards, in its simplest form, is a formula that divides "credit for a given rush between both the runner and the blockers." Connelly writes that the blame could be placed on last year's running backs, a position that has seen numerous injures and average-at-best play in recent years for the Hawkeyes.
Source: SB Nation
May 28 - 10:31 AM

Iowa sophomore CB Malik Rucker has decided to transfer from the program.

As a redshirt freshman, the 6-foot, 180-pound Rucker saw action in six games for the Hawkeyes, recording three solo tackles and two assists, including a shared tackle for loss. Rucker was unable to crack Iowa's starting lineup and has announced his intentions to transfer.
May 5 - 2:22 PM

Rams signed Iowa DT Louis Trinca-Pasat.

Trinca-Pasat (6'1/290) made 38 starts for the Hawkeyes, compiling 23.5 career tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was voted second-team All-Big 10 by the conference's coaches as a senior. A good athlete for his squatty size, "LTP" ran 4.96 with a 32-inch vertical at the Combine. Trinca-Pasat is small with short arms (31 7/8"), but can shoot gaps and competes hard against the run.
May 5 - 12:24 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Redskins an "A-" draft grade and wrote that Washington, the softest team in the league last year in his estimation, "got a lot tougher on both sides of the ball in the first two rounds."

"I know there are questions about whether Brandon Scherff can stay at tackle in the NFL (he was a LT at Iowa), but even if he's a guard, while the pick value loses a little, the guy is a true mauler, a player who makes the run game better the second he steps on the field," Kiper wrote. "Whether it's right tackle (makes sense) or guard, Scherff is a starter now." We agree with that assessment. And, like Kiper, we really liked Washington's second selection. "Preston Smith could have come off the board in Round 1, so to get him in Round 2 was minor coup," Kiper wrote. "That's a clear need at OLB, and he can move around too." Jamison Crowder, Arie Kouandjio and Martrell Spaight were all had on Day 3, providing intriguing prospects at a low cost.
May 4 - 7:50 PM

Rams selected Iowa G/T Andrew Donnal with the No. 119 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Donnal (6'6/313) only started one year in college, bookending Brandon Scherff as the Hawkeyes' right tackle. He was an honorable mention All-Big 10 pick. Donnal is a passable athlete with adequate arm length (33 1/2"), but struggled as a run blocker at Iowa and demonstrated limited strength at the Combine, managing 17 reps on the bench. Donnal's calling card is versatility, as he can play both tackle and guard. He could carve out a career as a "swing" reserve.
May 2 - 1:05 PM


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