NFL draft truly begins Friday for Iowa, Tristan Wirfs with the second-best shot put in state history and more
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Friday, April 28.
Moment of a lifetime
Five years ago, Green Bay drafted DL Mike Daniels out of Iowa. He’ll never forget the memory and he thought of it as the 2017 NFL Draft kicked off on Thursday.
— Mike Daniels (@Mike_Daniels76) April 27, 2017
Getting drafted is one of the biggest moments of a football player’s career. It’s a validation of years of hard work and a dream come to life. Thirty-two players experienced the moment Thursday night. No Hawkeyes did, but several will during the next two days. It will create a memory they’ll never forget.
One big question this year: Which Iowa player will get drafted first? Cornerback Desmond King may be the favorite. Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson is in play. Tight end George Kittle climbed up draft boards in the last few months; could he go before his teammates?
Who do you think it will be?
A one-man meet
2017 Iowa offensive tackle signee Tristan Wirfs continued his impressive track & field season by putting on a shot -put show at the Drake Relays on Thursday. Wirfs won the event with a person-best toss of 66 feet, 3.5 inches. It’s the sixth-longest shot put in the nation this year and second-longest in Iowa high school history.
— Big T (@TristanWirfs74) April 27, 2017
This comes two weeks after he threw 65-10.5, the sixth-best throw in state history at the time. This begs a question: How far can Wirfs throw it this season? Odds are good he is yet to peak. Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Doug Lane set the state record of 70-11 in 1968.
Walking from Iowa to Michigan State
Incoming walk-on K Cole Hahn de-committed from Iowa and instead will play his college football at Michigan State.
Honestly, the move is a no-brainer for the West Des Moines Valley High School kicker. The Spartans are putting him on scholarship. He no longer needs to worry about the cost of college or potential student loans.
Iowa should be fine at kicker. The Hawkeyes return starter Keith Duncan, who hit the winning field goal in the 14-13 upset of No. 3 Michigan, and he’s only a sophomore.
A true multi-sport athlete
MLB teams are showing interest in Iowa WR signee Henry Marchese.
Stevenson baseball coach Pat Block said Padres and Orioles were scouting Henry Marchese (3-for-4, 2 SBs, bunt single, stellar in CF) today.
— Joe Aguilar (@JoeAguilar64) April 27, 2017
Pro baseball isn’t a real threat to overtake college football as Marchese’s priority going forward. Really, the attention from the scouts is just a reminder to the athletic talent he possesses and will be bringing to Iowa City.
Lots of links
- Where will Iowa players go in the NFL draft?
- Kicker Cole Hahn de-commits from Iowa and is heading to Michigan State.
- Attorneys for Jane Meyer rested their case after eight days in Meyer’s sexual orientation and gender discrimination case on Thursday, writes Jeremiah Davis of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.