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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that the Ravens could trade down from the 16th pick and target Iowa C James Daniels.

We've seen the Ravens projected to take a plethora of positions in mock drafts, from quarterback to cornerback to anything but punter and kicker. Pauline says that Daniels is a player they covet, but with the 16th selection he may not be great value. We could see a team trading up to that selection to take a quarterback or wide receiver (New England?), which would allow the Ravens to increase their capital and get a plug-and-play center.
Apr 26 - 6:49 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that everyone was impressed with the way Iowa C James Daniels worked out.

"He worked out like a phenom," said the scout. "Everybody loves the guy. There’s a kid that’s a leader." Daniels has seen his stock soar since January, and now looks to be the first center to come off the board. One scout did mention to McGinn that he "needs to get stronger in the lower body," but the rest of the reports are glowing in the report. Don't be surprised if Daniels comes off the board near the end of Thursday.
Apr 26 - 2:10 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Iowa CB Josh Jackson to Washington CB Josh Norman.

Well that's some high praise. "Jackson could be labeled a "one-year wonder", but 27 passes defensed in a single season isn't random," writes Zierlein. He lists his strengths outside of his obvious ball skills include his ability to anticipate routes, and his excellent work ethic. Zierlein also notes he needs to be better in the run game with his tackling, and he can be "burned by quality routes." Jackson is a lock for round one, and should be off the board in the top 20 picks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 3:10 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Iowa CB Josh Jackson has "ridiculous ball skills to get interceptions."

The scout mentioned they were "Some of the best" he has ever seen. He doesn't shy away from expressing his concerns saying "He probably would be better in a zone-heavy scheme where he can play off and just do the quarterback and can utilize his route awareness. As opposed to him lining up in press and having to deal with some of those burners on the edge." Another scout mentioned something similar saying Jackson is not the player to "to line him up like the old Oakland Raiders." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom projects CB Josh Jackson to be selected at pick No. 14 by the Green Bay Packers in his most recent mock draft.
Apr 25 - 11:54 AM

Iowa redshirt senior LB Aaron Mends will miss "extended time" after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Mends (6'0/227) is expected to be a starter for the Hawkeyes' defense, but that could be in jeopardy with the injury. The only information given was that it was suffered during the final week of Iowa's spring practices, but there are reports it involves his knee. This could be a substantial loss for Iowa.
Apr 21 - 2:59 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Chad Reuter believes that Iowa LB Josey Jewell is the most underrated prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Reuter doesn't expect Jewell to go in the first two rounds, and that makes him a potential steal in his eyes. " While he doesn't have exceptional straight-line speed, Jewell's tape and NFL Scouting Combine workout displayed good short-area quickness to adjust to oncoming ball carriers," Reuter writes. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker was a tackling machine for the Hawkeyes, and Reuter goes so far as to predict he'll lead his new team in tackles for the next six-to-seven years.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 1:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Green Bay Packers are seriously considering selecting Iowa CB Josh Jackson or Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick with the No. 14 pick.

Pauline passes along that the player most adored by the Pack is Ohio State CB Denzel Ward, but it's quite unlikely that he would be available at their current slot. Enter Jackson or Fitzpatrick, whom Pauline notes both offer the versatility that Green Bay is looking for in a defensive back prospect.
Apr 19 - 4:50 PM

Pro Football Focus's Josh Liskiewitz believes that Iowa CB Josh Jackson fits best with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals have a need at corner to play on the other side of Patrick Peterson, and assuming Arizona doesn't go aver a quarterback of the future with the 15th pick, Jackson certainly wouldn't be a reach. "What makes Jackson a great fit for Arizona is two-fold: his athleticism, size and instincts mean he should not be scheme-dependent at the next level," Liskiewitz writes. "Secondly, the No. 2 cornerback for the Cardinals must be able to play the ball effectively considering the high volume of targets he will face, and no one in college football was better at making huge plays with the ball in the air last year than Jackson." We could see this being a perfect match -- again, assuming they don't go the quarterback route.
Apr 16 - 10:56 PM

Devy Watch's LJ Chaney passes along that Iowa junior TE Noah Fant set a pair of team positional records in spring testing when he posted a 41.1-inch vertical jump and a 3.95-second run in the short shuttle.

Just fantastic work by Fant to make his mark this spring as he gears toward a potential emergence onto the national stage as a legitimate Day 1 candidate for the 2019 draft. The 6-foot-5, 232-pounder is fresh off a breakout statistical season in which he logged a 30-494-11 receiving line. That mark for receiving touchdowns was tops in the Big Ten regardless of position, while his 16.5 yards per reception mark was good for second in the conference. Fant indicated this offseason that he's looking to improve on his run blocking and his route running heading into the upcoming campaign. With QB Nathan Stanley presumably taking developmental steps and Iowa looking to replace both Akrum Wadley and James Butler in the backfield, we wouldn't be surprised if the Hawkeyes opened up their passing game by degrees this upcoming season. Expect to hear Fant's name plenty over the next year, especially if he declares for the draft after the season.
Apr 13 - 3:03 PM

Iowa CB Josh Jackson will visit the Bears on Tuesday.

The Bears matched an offer sheet for Kyle Fuller and roster Prince Amukamara, but likely won't stop there. Jackson will be viewed by some as the top corner in the class. He plays the ball so well in the air, almost like a receiver.
Apr 3 - 10:39 AM

Iowa C James Daniels has seven team visits scheduled with the Cowboys, Broncos, Rams, 49ers, Bears, Panthers and the Eagles, per Rob Howe.

Daniels is the top center on Josh Norris' board and is slotted at No. 17 overall. Daniels' best attributes are pass protection and his movement, as he can easily pull and lead block or reach the second level. Norris even compared his game to Ryan Kalil. He should be a first-round pick and is also one of the youngest prospects in this class.
Mar 27 - 11:10 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Buccaneers, Eagles and Titans are three teams showing heavy interest in Iowa C James Daniels.

Daniels had his pro day on Monday, and because of a lingering hamstring injury, he didn't run the 40-yard dash. He did participate in position drills, however. The center ranks at or near the top of the group in the 2018 class, and he has a chance to go in the first 32 picks for a team that's looking for immediate production in the middle of the offensive line.
Mar 26 - 6:26 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Iowa CB Josh Jackson tested well at the Iowa pro day.

Pauline reports that Jackson ran his 40 yard dash in the low-to-mid 4.40s, which is a big improvement on his time from the Scouting Combine (4.56). It's important to keep in mind that these are hand timed, so there's much more margin for error than the laser times in Indianapolis. Jackson's tape was going to speak louder than his testing anyway -- and he performed well in the combine at everything but the 40 yard dash -- and it's why he's very likely to be a first round selection. It sounds like his pro day just helps confirm it.
Mar 26 - 5:35 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Iowa CB Josh Jackson as class' top cornerback.

Jackson, who can play inside and outside, checks in at No. 11 overall on Norris' big board. "Anticipates certain routes and understands he has sideline help," Norris wrote. "Very good in isolation in the red zone. It is his ball in the air, and Jackson’s receiver background likely plays a role in that." Jackson is Rotoworld's No. 1 corner in the 2018 class, with Thor Nystrom also siding with him slightly over Denzel Ward. Outside our walls, Ward remains the No. 1 CB on the majority of boards around the industry at present time.
Source: Rotoworld
Mar 25 - 12:45 PM

A college scouting director for an NFC team said that Iowa C James Daniels "would come in and challenge for best center in our division right away."

That is some lofty talk right there. The scouting director said that "the Iowa guys are always going to be quick and proficient." He notes that while Hawkeye linemen can sometimes trend on the smaller side, the 6-foot-3, 306-pound Daniels has "pretty good functional power." Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 1 center prospect in the 2018 draft class. Round 1 should not be considered a given for Daniels, but we view him as that kind of prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 3:19 PM


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