IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa offensive lineman Ike Boettger agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills shortly after the 2018 NFL draft concluded, he confirmed to Land of 10.
Boettger, who stands 6-foot-5 1/2 and weighs 313 pounds, impressed scouts with the way he rehabilitated after a season-ending Achilles tendon tear in the Hawkeyes’ second game last year. At Iowa’s pro day, Boettger ran the 40-yard dash in 5.3 seconds and posted a vertical jump of 29.5 inches. His 3-cone time of 7.45 seconds would have tied for fifth among all offensive linemen at the NFL combine.
“I think any team that takes a chance on me they’re going to get a versatile guy, he’s going to learn the offense, he’s going to learn how to play multiple positions,” Boettger said after his pro day. “When I get thrown in the fire, I’m going to know how to react and I’m going to know how to do my job out there.”
Boettger was a versatile player at Iowa. He played quarterback at Cedar Falls (Iowa) High School and came to the Hawkeyes as a tight end, then switched to down lineman. He played sparingly as a reserve in 2014 and became the team’s starting right tackle in 2015. He opened seven games before he was injured for the rest of that season. As a junior in 2016, Boettger opened nine games at right tackle, two at left guard and one at left tackle.
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Last fall, Boettger was slated to open at right tackle, which he did for the first two games. However in the second half at Iowa State, Boettger went down with a torn Achilles. He spent the rest of the fall rehabilitating and participated in every drill at his pro day except the broad jump.
“[The rehab] was longer than I expected, but it was ahead of schedule for Achilles injury,” Boettger said. “I did enough to show I’m ahead of schedule and I’ll be able to play.”
Boettger met with three teams immediately following his pro day workout and had other visits planned.