Post Draft Update: Hawkeyes in the NFL

Story by Derek Pech

Ankeny, Iowa – The Iowa football program under Kirk Ferentz is known for being an NFL factory. The Hawkeyes have been pumping out quality NFL players for a long time, and because of that the number of former Hawkeyes in the NFL keeps growing. With that growth, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep track of all of these guys. We figured we owe it to Hawk fans to throw together an updated list that shows where each player is at.

2018 NFL Draftees

James Daniels, center, Round 2 pick #39, Chicago Bears 

Josh Jackson, cornerback, Round 2 pick #45, Green Bay Packers

Josey Jewell, linebacker, Round 4 pick #109, Denver Broncos

2018 Free Agent Agreements

Akrum Wadley, runningback, Tennessee Titans 

Ike Boettger, offensive lineman, Buffalo Bills

Ben Niemann, linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs

Sean Welsh, offensive lineman, Washington Redskins

Boone Myers, offensive lineman, tryouts with Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts

Matt VandeBerg, wide receiver, tryout with the New York Jets

James Butler, runningback, tryouts with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins

Updated List

*Does not include the 3 players above who are going through tryouts (Myers, VandeBerg, and Butler) 

CJ Beathard, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers 

Austin Blythe, center, Los Angeles Rams

Ike Boettger, offensive lineman, Buffalo Bills

Bryan Bulaga, offensive tackle, Green Bay Packers

Adrian Clayborn, defensive end, New England Patriots

Cole Croston, offensive tackle, New England Patriots

Mike Daniels, defensive tackle, Green Bay Packers

James Daniels, center/guard, Chicago Bears

Carl Davis, defensive tackle, Baltimore Ravens

Andrew Donnal, offensive tackle, Baltimore Ravens

James Ferentz, center, New England Patriots

Adam Gettis, offensive tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Anthony Hitchens, linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs

Micah Hyde, safety, Buffalo Bills

Josh Jackson, cornerback, Green Bay Packers

Josey Jewell, linebacker, Denver Broncos

Jaleel Johnson, defensive tackle, Minnesota Vikings

Desmond King, cornerback, Los Angeles Chargers

Christian Kirksey, linebacker, Cleveland Browns

George Kittle, tight end, San Francisco 49ers

Marshall Koehn, place kicker, New York Giants

Casey Kreiter, long snapper, Denver Broncos

Henry Krieger-Coble, tight end, Los Angeles Rams

Greg Mabin, cornerback, San Francisco 49ers

Riley McCarron, wide receiver, New England Patriots

Ben Niemann, linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs

Riley Reiff, offensive tackle,  Minnesota Vikings

Brandon Scherff, guard, Washington Redskins

Tevaun Smith, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars

Matt Tobin, offensive tackle, New England Patriots

Akrum Wadley, running back, Tennessee Titans

Sean Welsh, guard, Washington Redskins

Marshal Yanda, guard, Baltimore Ravens

Quick Notes

  • That’s a total of 33 Hawkeyes who will be with NFL teams in their upcoming training camps plus an additional 3 who will be going through try outs in the next several weeks.
  • The New England Patriots currently have the most Hawkeyes on their roster with a total of 5
  • It will be interesting to see Hawkeye, Tevaun Smith, battle it out with former Cyclone rival, Allen Lazard, for a spot on the Jaguars depth chart at wide receiver. Lazard was widely expected to be a 5th or 6th round draft pick in 2018, but that did not happen.
  • Staying local – there are 10 Hawkeyes on NFL teams in, or around, the midwest (Broncos, Bears, Packers, Vikings, Chiefs)
  • Marshal Yanda is still going strong. The perennial Pro Bowl guard, and two time All-Pro for the Baltimore Ravens is arguably the best Hawkeye player ever to compete in the NFL. Yanda is, and has been, a pillar for the Ravens offensive line for a long time. He has built himself a résumé that could very well land him in Canton, Ohio in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



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