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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

Iowa graduate CB Maurice Fleming will transfer.

Said Fleming in a statement, "I feel blessed for my time at Iowa and want to thank coach Kirk Ferentz and coach Phil Parker for their help in making me a better football player and keeping me humble." The 6-foot, 205-pounder logged 16 tackles and five passes defended during Iowa's almost-Playoff season in 2015. As a graduate transfer, Fleming would be eligible to play immediate at another FBS school this coming season should he decide to continue his football career.
Apr 19 - 4:26 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

The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel calls Iowa RB Jordan Canzeri a sleeper who will turn into a "solid late round selection."

Coming from a pro-style offense, Canzeri "runs low" and has the "strength to break tackles and get yards after contact," per Gabriel. The analyst went on to say that the former Hawkeye star is "quick to the hole", "a very good decision maker" and "alert with very good instincts." The 5-foot-9, 192-pounder had a career-best 984 yards (5.4 YPC) and 12 touchdowns last season, even though he missed time with injuries. "Overall, I see him as a role player/complimentary back who should also produce on special teams," Gabriel wrote.
Apr 14 - 6:40 PM

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz criticized the NCAA on Wednesday for its handling of the Iowa DL Drew Ott case.

"Really disappointed for Drew," Ferentz said. "Disappointed in the decision and disappointed with the process." Folks, that's about as biting as Ferentz is going to get publicly. Ott's case for a medical waiver was unique in that he actually played in six games. He suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 2, played sparingly the next two weeks, and shredded his ACL in Week 6. Six games is more than 30 percent, the NCAA's hardship rule, though Ott completed only one of them, the opener (Ott's case was that he played in well less than 30% of the snaps). Ott took the high road when the decision came down and thanked Hawkeye fans. He's NFL bound, the decision coming just in time for him to have missed the Senior Bowl, the Combine, Iowa's Pro Day and, well, every other scouting event of note. The NCAA needs fixing yesterday.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 13 - 7:56 PM

The NCAA has denied Iowa DL Drew Ott's request for a medical hardship waiver, meaning his college career is over.

ESPN's Mitch Sherman reports Ott will enter the NFL draft. Shame on the NCAA, not for the decision to deny the waiver after Ott suffered a knee injury during week six of his final season, but for making Ott wait this long to know the answer to his inquiry. Ott could not attend the Senior Bowl, was invited to the NFL Combine and likely had to limit his interaction with teams in case he was allowed to return to Iowa for one more season. Now his draft process is shortened, which could lead to him being an undrafted free agent.
Apr 13 - 11:29 AM

The NCAA has still not ruled on the eligibility of Iowa redshirt senior DE Drew Ott or LSU senior TE Dillon Gordon.

Ott and Gordon both applied for medical hardship waivers either during the season or immediately after it. Both are NFL prospects, with Ott a mid-round talent and Gordon a UDFA. When their cases were left pending before the Combine, it was a joke. That they remain unresolved 16 days away before the NFL Draft is an act of reckless and willful disregard for two young men's lives by an organization that exists entirely to make money off amateurs. "Many feel it's too late for Ott or Gordon to enter April’s NFL Draft in large part due to the way the NCAA has dragged out the appeal process," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
Apr 11 - 5:10 PM

ESPN's KC Joyner argues that Iowa won't be a playoff contender this year.

The lengthy breakdown is available at the link below. To sum up: Iowa caught some breaks to start 12-0 last year, they lose a significant number of offensive starters and lackluster recent recruiting classes won't offer much immediate help. While it's true that the Hawkeyes probably won't be playoff contenders again, the school once again plays a weak schedule and will once again be one of the very best coached teams in the nation. We saw last year what that combination is capable of producing.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 11 - 3:56 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Michael Renner noted that Iowa TE Henry Krieger-Coble is "one of the most fluid pass-catchers in this class."

If you are waiting for Renner's caveat, here it comes. "Krieger-Coble is one of the most fluid pass-catchers in the class," the analyst wrote, "but his average athleticism puts a ceiling on his potential." He also dings the 6-foot-3, 249-pound Iowa product for being slightly undersized and for his struggles in pass-blocking, before concluding that Krieger-Coble is a "potentially average tight end." During his Pro Day on Monday, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds and managed jumps of 33 1/2 inches (vertical) and 9-foot-2 (broad).
Mar 27 - 5:22 PM

Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz indicated that redshirt junior RB Derrick Mitchell (undisclosed injury) "will not be able to really practice this spring."

No word as to what ailment Mitchell's suffering from, but it's apparently enough to sideline him for this spring's sessions. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder converted over to running back from wide receiver last spring. In 2015, he received just 25 carries, but did plenty with them, rushing for 162 yards (6.5 YPC) and two touchdowns. He also caught 15 passes for 141 yards.
Mar 22 - 9:27 PM


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