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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

An AFC scout believes Iowa CB/S Desmond King will "find a way" despite his physical limitations.

The 5-foot-10, 206-pounder was one of college football's premier corners over the past few years, but he's short and slower than you'd like, running a 4.5s forty at Iowa's pro day. "You worry about the physical limitations a little bit because teams will find your weaknesses and exploit them," the scout said. "But he's just so steady and productive and tough. He loves football and I think he'll just find a way." Because of his lack of wheels, a shift to safety may be in King's future. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Jairus Byrd. "Lack of size and speed combined with his ball skills, instincts, and competitiveness all point to a transition to safety," Zierlein wrote. "A likely second-day (Rounds 2-3) selection and could be targeted as a zone corner or a safety with early starting potential."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 1:01 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson to Ziggy Hood.

"Johnson doesn't have the functional anchor that teams looking for a run-stuffer will be after," Zierlein wrote. "However, his effort, foot quickness and hand usage should create opportunities for him as a pass rusher. Johnson has the talent to become an eventual starter as a three-technique in a penetrating defensive front and could fight for rotational reps early on as a rookie." Johnson led the Hawkeyes with 10 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks last season. He participated in the Senior Bowl after that.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 4:10 PM

Iowa sophomore WR Devonte Young said that this spring, "there's a lot more motions" in the offensive playbook.

The Hawkeyes are transitioning over from the schemes of Greg Davis, as Davis retired this offseason to be replaced at offensive coordinator by RB coach Brian Ferentz. "A lot more deep routes, a lot more run-pass concepts so you don't know like what's going to happen," Young explained. That probably says as much about Davis' "vanilla is too exciting" offense as it does about the one the team is installing now. Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz spoke to the learning process with reporters on Friday, saying, "The formations are different, the language we're using is different. So the guys are getting used to that still, and we expected that." This past season, Iowa averaged just 24.92 points per game. We will get our first taste of what Brian Ferentz is cooking up when the Hawkeyes play their spring game on April 21.
Apr 9 - 1:04 PM

Iowa redshirt junior S Brandon Snyder suffered a torn left ACL in practice on Thursday.

"He didn’t know he was injured until [later in] the day. He was sore and got an exam [which revealed the tear]," said Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz on Friday. The injury could cost the 6-foot-1, 210-pound starting free safety the whole of the 2017 season unless he turns in a rapid recovery. It is a brutal loss for the Hawkeyes, to say the least. Last season, Snyder recorded 85 tackles (3.0 for loss), three interceptions and three forced fumbles. As to who might replace him this coming season, junior Jake Gervase and sophomore Amani Hooker are expected to receive first cracks at winning the now-vacated gig. Ferentz would like to wait for the summer freshmen from the 2017 cycle to join the fray a few months down the road before a final decision on a starting replacement is made.
Source: Land of 10
Apr 8 - 1:18 PM

Iowa redshirt junior DE Matt Nelson (leg) did not participate in practice on Wednesday.

Just when Nelson might be ready to return is uncertain. His right leg was encased in a boot on Wednesday, so this injury might be one that will take a little time. The 6-foot-8, 270-pounder recorded 43 tackles (6.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks over the course of 13 games started this past season.
Source: Land of 10
Mar 29 - 3:12 PM

Iowa CB Desmond King ran a 4.5s forty at the school’s pro day on Monday.

King wasn't able to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine earlier this month because of an abdominal strain. In Iowa City on Monday, he posted a time that would have put him roughly in the middle of the cornerback class in Indianapolis. King, a likely Day 2 pick, has said he's willing to play safety or nickelback.
Source: Land of 10
Mar 28 - 1:46 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Iowa CB Desmond King to Tennessee Titans CB Logan Ryan.

"Like Ryan, King is a smart tackler who excels when the play is in front of him. King has missed a tackle once every 16.0 attempted over the past three years in college, while Ryan missed one every 20.3 attempted since arriving in the NFL," notes the PFF analysis team. Tackling prowess aside, the outlet refers to the 5-foot-10, 201-pound King as an "awkward player to place in the NFL" due to his deficiencies in man-to-man coverage. Multiple teams are reportedly viewing King as a safety, rather than a corner.
Mar 21 - 7:05 PM

Land of 10's Bobby La Gesse writes that Iowa sophomore QB Nathan Stanley is "the clear favorite" to start in 2017.

Iowa is looking to replace outgoing QB C.J. Beathard. The Hawkeyes could have redshirted Stanley last season, but instead opted not to burn that and rather let the 6-foot-5, 212-pounder compete with the first- and second-team offense in practice as Beathard's backup. Stanley was a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle. While La Gesse sees Stanley as the front-runner, here, HC Kirk Ferentz is playing his cards close to his vest, saying, "We’re not sure who that is going to be right now. We’ll let the guys compete at that position." In addition to Stanley, redshirt sophomore Drew Cook and redshirt junior Tyler Wiegers will also be in the mix, here.
Source: Land of 10
Mar 21 - 6:09 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Iowa TE George Kittle to former Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley.

"Cooley is bigger than Kittle, but he could line up in multiple spots including H-back or in the slot. Kittle will likely play in a similar role, creating passing game mismatches while perhaps even providing more in the run game than Cooley," explains the Pro Football Focus analysis crew. In addition to his athletic potential as a receiving option, Kittle is an ace blocker. Over the past two seasons, he yielded all of one quarterback pressure and during the past campaign, Kittle earned PFF's No. 2 run-blocking grade among tight ends in this draft class.
Mar 17 - 7:03 PM

Rivals' Blair Sanderson reports that Iowa redshirt senior WR Matt VandeBerg will miss spring practice after undergoing a second procedure on his foot.

VandeBerg was awarded a medical hardship waiver after breaking his right foot during a September practice. While that waiver will allow him to play in 2017 -- his collegiate career would have been finished without it -- just when he will be able to return to the field is unknown given this most recent surgical procedure. Back in 2015, VandeBerg logged a 65-703-4 receiving line in 14 games. The Hawkeyes boot up spring practice on March 22.
Source: Rivals
Mar 14 - 5:17 PM

Iowa TE George Kittle finished No. 3 in his position group with a 4.52 40-yard dash.

He added the third-best broad jump (132 inches) and the sixth-best vertical (35 inches) of all tight ends. Kittle was hobbled by a foot injury down the stretch last season, but he showed no worse for the wear in Indianapolis.
Source: Yahoo
Mar 6 - 5:39 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports that Iowa CB Desmond King will not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine due to an abdominal injury.

Per Garafolo, King will take part in other testing events in Indianapolis. Just not the premier one. The 5-foot-10, 206-pounder is planning on running the 40 at his pro day, assuming no additional health setbacks. He should be considered a borderline first-round prospect.
Mar 3 - 4:43 PM

Iowa QB C.J. Beathard was likened to Tom Savage by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

"His 2015 tape was more impressive [than his 2016 tape], but deep-ball accuracy issues, poor pocket awareness, and unnecessary hesitation as a passer shows up in both seasons," Zierlein wrote. "Beathard plays checkers with safeties rather than chess, which could always hinder his ability to attack down the field with success. Could be a career backup who finds himself in the action at some point down the road." After completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 2,809 pass yards and a 17/5 TD/INT rate in 2015, Beathard fell off as a senior (56.5 completion pct, 1,929 yards, 14/10 TD/INT)
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 3:45 PM


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