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Former Iowa OL Marshal Yanda has become perhaps the best lineman in the NFL.

Iowa’s top 10 NFL draft picks of the last 10 years, Hawkeyes extend East Coast football offer and more

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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Thursday, April 27.


Iowa’s top 10 NFL draft picks of the last decade

The NFL draft is finally here, with the first round getting underway at 8 p.m. ET. While it’s unlikely an Iowa player goes in the first round, this is the perfect time to look back at Iowa’s draft history.

Here are the top 10 Iowa players drafted in the last 10 years.

  • 1. OL Marshal Yanda, Baltimore, third round, 2007

Yanda is the benchmark, both for Iowa and NFL interior lineman. Pro Football Focus named him best offensive lineman last season and the best guard in each of the last three.

He is the total package, excelling in both the run and pass. He won Super Bowl XLVII, is a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and earned All-Pro honors five times. Yanda was a steal for Baltimore in the third round.

  • 2. DL Mike Daniels, Green Bay, fourth round, 2012

Daniels is a disruptive force up front for the Packers. The NFL Network ranked him the No. 95 best player in the league in 2016. In five seasons, he has 22 career sacks.

  • 3. OL Brandon Scherff, Washington, first round, 2015

Washington took Scherff with the fifth-overall pick, and it didn’t take long for the selection to pay off. Scherff, the 2014 Outland Trophy winner, has started all 32 games for the Redskins since he joined the league. He made the Pro Bowl in 2016. His future is as bright as any former Hawkeye.

  • 4. OL Riley Reiff, Detroit, first round, 2012

Reiff developed into starting offensive tackle for Detroit. He started 69 games for the Lions before signing a five-year $58.75 contract with Minnesota this offseason.

  • 5. OL Bryan Bulaga, Green Bay, first round, 2010

He is a mainstay on the Packers offensive line, starting 76 games in his career while trying to keep QB Aaron Rodgers upright and healthy. He earned All-Rookie honors in 2010. He missed the 2013 season with a torn ACL.

  • 6. TE Scott Chandler, San Diego, fourth round, 2007

Chandler has played for San Diego, Buffalo and New England, catching 205 balls for 2,379 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career. Chandler’s best seasons were with the Bills, with 143 receptions for 1,723 yards and 11 touchdowns from 2012-14.

  • 7. DL Adrian Clayborn, Tampa Bay, first round, 2011

In a six-year career, he’s amassed 20.5 sacks with Tampa Bay and Atlanta. A torn bicep kept him out of the Super Bowl last season.

  • 8. DB Micah Hyde, Green Bay, fifth round, 2013

He has done a little bit of everything in the Packers secondary the last four seasons, starting 33 games and recording 227 tackles, 8 interceptions and 4 sacks. He signed a five-year $30 million contract with Buffalo in the offseason.

  • 9. LB Christian Kirksey, Cleveland, third round, 2014

He broke out in 2016, starting all 16 games and finishing third in the league with 148 tackles. He could climb up the list in future years if he builds off that campaign.

  • 10. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston, third round, 2014

Like Kirksey, he put together his best season in 2016. He became the Texans’ top tight end, catching 54 balls for 559 yards and 4 touchdowns — all at least double his numbers in first two seasons combined.

Honorable mention

This list could go on for a while, but four players who easily could have ended up in the top 10:

  • LB Anthony Hitchens, Dallas Cowboys, fourth round, 2014

A 36-game starter in three seasons, including all 16 last season. He has 220 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 1 interception in his career.

  • DL Karl Klug, Tennessee, fifth round, 2011

The seven-year veteran has compiled 110 tackles and 20 sacks in his career.

  • TE Brandon Myers, Oakland, sixth round, 2009

He’s played for the Raiders, Giants and Bucs in his eight-year career. He has 199 career receptions for 1,954 yards and 9 touchdowns.

  • LB Pat Angerer, Indianapolis, second round, 2010

In four seasons with the Colts, Angerer recorded 327 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2.5 sacks.


Jane Meyer trial update

Wednesday was a bad PR day for Iowa athletic director Gary Barta during the Jane Meyer trial. He said Iowa doesn’t investigate all abuse allegations in the athletic department while on the stand, wrote Erin Jordan of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The comments came when Barta was asked about a 2013-14 anonymous athlete survey. Twenty-seven athletes claimed verbal abuse and 28 claimed mental abuse. Barta said he didn’t investigate because he didn’t know which teams it involved. He added that he does investigate any claim brought directly to him.

Marc Morehouse, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, summed up the situation perfectly.

In the modern world, with coaching abuse a fireable offense, an athletic director needs to know more about these incidents.


The latest Iowa offer

Iowa recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell offered 2018 Vineland (N.J.) South CB Isaih Pacheco a scholarship during a school visit on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Pacheco is not rated by 247Sports and is a 3-star Rivals.com prospect. His offer list is dominated by teams from the northeast, including Rutgers, Boston College, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Here are his Hudl highlights.


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