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Check out this chart that breaks down all NFL Players from each school by position, conference and drafted round. Awesome!
Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. Iowa has more than Bama. That jumped out at me. Then, I saw that they have 11 first rounders. ...Iowa has five? Who? Reiff, Bulaga, Clayborn, Greenway and Dallas. Hmm, didn't realize that.
Not bad for Iowa. They do develop players. We all know they don't bring in top recruits. And the guys work hard as Iowa has several late rounders and FA. What happened to those recruits for Bama, Fla, FSU, Auburn, Ok...? Being criminals somewhere?
I don't get off on stats like this anymore. In fact I find I only care about the hardware, still missing 3 rivalry trophies and no chance at a bowl game trophy.
I wonder how many of those schools used "criminals" to get them a nice piece of hardware? Was it 2 like us ala DJK/ARob & the Orange Bowl or was it more. Cause if its more than I love me more thugs.
This is great. Thanks for the Link, Fanatic.
The tremendous success of Iowa at putting player in the NFL, makes me often
disregard recruiting rankings.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Gallery instead of Clark. Think the rest of the list is correct.
Heres a pretty funny Greenway quote form last week I havent seen discussed on here.
The Minnesota Vikings' season will be on the line Sunday against the Chicago Bears. As such, linebacker Chad Greenway has asked fans to get super-duper drunk in order to boost the Vikings' home-field advantage at the Metrodome.
Thanks for posting that.
Definitely one of Iowa's biggest selling points. If Iowa could just string together about three straight seasons of 9+ wins, it'd be very interesting to see if the Hawkeyes could bring in even more talent. And if Iowa can develop less talented players, what would happen with the more talented players?
No...Clark was a 1st rounder. The problem is, how far back does this list go? 10 years? Doesn't say.
I believe it's a compilation based upon current active NFL rosters, so there is no limit as to how far it goes back.
It is interesting how Iowa has a knack for developing NFL players, but struggles to maintain success at the college level. It's a nice conversation piece, but personally I'd rather see that success translate on the field.
Todd, your point is an interesting one. Iowa had a recruiting "bounce" of sorts after the success from '02 - '04 with the 2005 class that had several high-profile recruits, and interestingly, it ended up being one of the worst classes in recent memory. There's no doubt that injuries played a role, but, nevertheless, we didn't have a lot of success with the better recruits.
I've always felt that high-profile recruits do better at high profile programs, mainly due to mind-set. At Iowa and similar programs, those types of players frequently come in with a sense of entitlement, whereas, at Alabama for instance, they see themselves as simply another player fighting for a spot. Which mind-set they have likely determines their success.
It ends up being somewhat of a double-edged sword. Iowa should still pursue some top recruits but be careful of their character and attitude, since we traditionally do better with recruits that come in with a "something to prove" mentality.
KF SuperStar.........the best thing about Greenway's comments and he did state they were 'tongue in cheek;'...... The PC police were chasing him a while, but really, do Viking or Hawkeye fans need that much encouragement?? Not from what I've seen. The best thing about Chad's comments, they worked. The Vikings played a great game, beat the Bears and are still in the NFL playoff hunt.
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but did anyone get busted in a toilet stall?
...yes, different kind of mindset and character for sure. I think at other higher profile teams would have more guys get drafted if it wasn't for their characters- see those idiots from the LSU team. Yes, Iowa got their own too ala DJK. But those other schools just recruit that much more athletes. Can just come in and contribute. then, get in trouble or don't graduate...
Guys like Spievey and Fletcher weren't that highly recruited and didn't contribute in their first few years. It does translate on to the field eventually. But overall, Iowa just doesn't have the quality depth.
What this DEFINITELY says to the high school FB star, thinking about a great choice for an education, with the
possiblity of playing in the NFL.............
I definitely should consider the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Because, this sort of indicates the Iowa Hawkeyes do the BEST JOB at preparing guys for the NFL.
(Think about the recruiting classes that Iowa typically gets, compared to Notre Dame, Bama, who we are ahead of, or Michigan, who we are also AHEAD of). That must be why Brian Griese, who is so michigan-centric, said he was shocked to see Iowa on a list like this. LOL..........he doesn't know jack, by the way.
Great point here. As you said, the key is to make sure those more talented players buy in and put in the same amount of work as everyone else. If that happens, the Hawkeyes could consistently move up a notch or two in the college football pecking order.
For the reasons you alluded to, Iowa generally is in the running for top offensive linemen, tight ends, defensive linemen and linebackers. But the Hawkeyes haven't done as good of a job of developing skill position players, and have therefore fought an uphill battle in landing the most talented players at those positions. If guys like Stanzi and McNutt can earn a starting job in the NFL and really make a name for themselves at the next level, that would really help Iowa on the recruiting trail.
Don't forget that Iowa has a BUNCH of Defensive backs in the NFL.
Spievey, Considine, Sash, Fletcher, Prater, etc
True, but none of those guys have developed the same type of reputation as a Clayborn, Bulaga, Gallery, Clark, Moeaki, etc. If Bob Sanders had been able to stay healthy, that really would have helped as well.
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