Iowa’s most important 2019 recruit; Adrian Clayborn’s 5-sack game best NFL performance
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Performance of year
Pro Football Focus tabbed former Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s 5-sack game against Dallas as the top game by an edge rusher last season. He recorded 12 quarterback hurries in 40 snaps for Atlanta. It was the kind of performance every defensive end dreams about.
Must land prospect
Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt looked at the one Class of 2019 prospect every Big Ten team must land. He picked a 4-star Illinois running back for the Hawkeyes. The good news is Iowa appears to be in good position with Jirehl Brock.
Time (is not) on your side
Josh Jackson ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash on his first attempt at the NFL combine. It was what he wanted. A strong 40 time is the best way for Jackson to become the first corner taken in the draft. Unfortunately, the time was later downgraded to 4.56. What does it mean? If a team likes him it may very well like the former Iowa corner regardless of the time. If a team wants to let him slide there is reason for that too.
So where does Jackson go? The Des Moines Register’s Mark Emmert talked to an NFL analyst who doesn’t expect Jackson to be a top-15 pick after the combine.
Nile Kinnick and the big screen
Joe Heath wants to make a movie about Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Iowa football team and premiere it at Kinnick Stadium. HawkeyeNation.com’s Brian Finley spoke with Heath about financing the movie as he tries to find backers to turn his vision into a reality.
Speaking of an early offer
Iowa extended 2021 Bettendorf (Iowa) High School defensive lineman Griffin Liddle last weekend. The freshman, yes, freshman, spoke with Rob Howe of HawkeyeNation.com about the offer. Liddle’s signing day is years away, but Iowa will be a favorite to land his signature. His father, Josh, wrestled for the Hawkeyes and he grew up an Iowa fan.
Back around town
Thomas Gilman is coming back. The former Iowa three-time All-American is part of the Team USA roster for the 2018 Freestyle World Cup, as the Des Moines Register’s Cody Goodwin reports. The event will be held April 7-8 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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