Iowa has shot at school’s modern-day NFL draft record
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I would love if the Broncos took Josey. I think he could be special out there
— Chris (@da_squatch0418) April 18, 2018
ANSWER: Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell has taken multiple visits to NFL clubs less than two weeks before the draft. Recently, he met with Denver and the Los Angeles Rams. Jewell’s other former Iowa teammates also have talked with a number of teams.
All five of Iowa’s NFL combine invitees are likely to become draft selections. Cornerback Josh Jackson and center James Daniels are possible, perhaps likely, first-round picks. Jewell could be selected anywhere between the second and fifth rounds. Guard Sean Welsh and running back Akrum Wadley have been slotted just about anywhere from rounds three through seven.
Iowa has other draft possibilities beyond its combine invitees. Offensive linemen Ike Boettger and Boone Myers were likely draft picks before they sustained season-ending injuries last fall. Both are fully rehabbed and participated in nearly every drill at Iowa’s pro day. Linebacker Ben Niemann started 40 games at Iowa and had multiple meetings after Iowa’s pro day. Additionally, linebacker Bo Bower (39 starts) has met with NFL clubs.
Could Iowa’s number of draft picks set a school record? It’s unlikely to grow past nine, which was set in 1945. But seven of Iowa’s draft selections that year came in the 12th round or later so it’s not really relevant. The modern-day NFL draft has seven rounds. The NFL and AFL combined their drafts beginning in 1967, and the Iowa record in the modern era is six. For three straight years (2010 through 2012), Iowa had six players drafted. It’s quite possible Iowa meets or exceeds that number this month.
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