Iowa: Josh Jackson projected as top-10 pick; James Daniels sliding into first round
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Mock draft central, part 1
The NFL combine is over. That mean’s another fresh round of mock drafts after draft analysts digested all the combine results. NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah projects cornerback Josh Jackson going No. 23 to the Los Angeles Rams and center James Daniels going No. 25 to the Tennessee Titans.
Mock draft central, part 2
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller put together a 7-round mock draft. He has five Hawkeyes being selected. Miller’s mock draft sees Jackson going No. 10 overall to Oakland Raiders and Daniels heading to the Buffalo Bills at No. 22.
Miller has linebacker Josey Jewell going to the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round and the Denver Broncos selecting running back Akrum Wadley in Round 5 and guard Sean Welsh in Round 7. Welsh is the only prospect to truly slide below his expected draft slot here.
Why the 13-pick disparity between Jeremiah and Miller? It goes back to Jackson’s combine performance. His initial 4.49 40-yard dash time turned into an official 4.56. That’s part of the reason why NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks listed Jackson as one of the losers of the combine. If a team needed to be talked into selecting Jackson, the combine didn’t help.
Mock draft central, part 3
Land of 10 got into the mock draft mood as well, projecting landing spots for five Hawkeyes in the NFL draft. Jackson, Daniels, Jewell, Wadley and Welsh are all selected by the sixth round.
Welsh first publicly addressed his battle with depression last summer. He’s doing it again with NFL teams during interviews. Welsh is going with the honesty-is-the-best-policy approach when meeting with front offices.
Not over yet
The end of the Missouri rumor is just the start of the Tyler Cook departure conversation. Land of 10 explains why that’s the case for the forward here.
The Des Moines Register named the top 50 Iowa high school boys’ basketball players of all-time. Class of 2018 signee Joe Wieskamp and current Iowa players Jordan Bohannon and Cordell Pemsl made the list. So did other past Hawkeyes.
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