Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hawkeye NFL Draft Recap | Clayborn, Ballard, Stanzi, Klug, Vandervelde, Sash

As Hawkeye fans we expected a lot of our favorite Hawkeyes to be selected in this years NFL draft. Coach Ferentz graduated one of his largest senior classes and the NFL came calling for six of those seniors. Here is a recap of who was drafted and links about where they are heading:

Adrian Clayborn:

The All-American was the first Hawkeye off the board Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected AC in the first round with the 20th pick. Clayborn became the 5th Hawkeye selected in the first round since 2003. AC told ESPN's Suzy Kobler that "“Tampa is where I wanted to be, and I’m glad I got to them, and I’m glad they picked me. I can’t wait to be a Buc.”

Clayborn links,

How The Bucs Draft Picks Fit Together - Da'Quan Bowers, Mason Foster, Adrian Clayborn
Bucs Hit Defensive Bonanza
New Buc Clayborn never goes unnoticed
The Buccaneers are giving fans a reason to believe again
Bucs build defense with first 3 draft picks
New Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn arrives, ready to get going
Adrian Clayborn has high hopes for the Bucs
Clayborn: "I Like Kicking People's [Butt]"
Adrian Clayborn Makes The Buccaneers A Lot More Physical
Top pick Clayborn calls Bucs the team he wanted to draft him
Adrian Clayborn and Erb's Palsy: An Opinion From a Fellow Sufferer
Bucs Tab Clayborn to Rush Passer
2011 NFL Draft: So You've Drafted Adrian Clayborn


Christian Ballard:

The second Hawkeye off the board was another defensive lineman. Christian Ballard was selected in the fourth round, 106th overall, by the Minnesota Vikings. He becomes the 41st Kirk Ferentz coached player selected in an NFL draft. Ballard played both defensive end and defensive tackle during his time at Iowa. NFL analyst Charles Davis wonders “Christian Ballard, with the concerns at tackle, also the concerns at end, where does he fit?”

Ballard was predicted to be drafted as high as the late first round to early second round. That was before news emerged that Ballard had tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said “Let me tell you one thing about Christian Ballard: he had second-round grades from the entire league. The reason he slid was for a recent off-the-field issue. That’s why the slide.”

Ballard links,

Vikings Quotes - Iowa DT Christian Ballard - April 30
Vikings Draft Pick Christian Ballard Ducks Questions About Failed Drug Test
Vikings' Christian Ballard: 'I made mistakes'
2011 NFL Draft: So You've Drafted Christian Ballard
2011 NFL Draft: One-on-One with Christian Ballard
Minnesota Vikings get a steal with Christian Ballard
Vikings end Christian Ballard’s slide


Ricky Stanzi:

America's quarterback landed not far from Hawkeye country. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Stanzi in the fifth round, 135th overall. Stanzi is the first Iowa quarterback to be drafted since Matt Rodgers in 1992. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes “I think it’s an excellent pick.” Mel Kiper added "I like this kid."


Stanzi links,
Ricky Stanzi Drafted By The Kansas City Chiefs In The Fifth Round Of The 2011 NFL Draft
Ricky Stanzi's Place In Modern Hawkeye QB History
Ricky Stanzi a great fit in Kansas City
Mel Kiper Avoids Tom Brady-Ricky Stanzi Comparison (Sort Of)
2011 NFL Draft: So You've Drafted Ricky Stanzi
2011 NFL Draft: One-on-One with Ricky Stanzi
Chiefs draft QB Ricky Stanzi
The Pros And Cons Of New Chiefs Quarterback Ricky Stanzi
Draft: Ricky Stanzi Q&A


Karl Klug:

The fourth Hawkeye selected in the 2011 NFL draft is another defensive player and third defensive lineman selected. In the fifth round the Tennessee Titans made Klug the 142nd pick of the draft. Klug becomes the eighth Hawkeye defensive lineman coached by Ferentz to be drafted into the NFL.

Klug links,

2011 NFL Draft: Tennessee Titans Select Iowa DL Karl Klug
DL Karl Klug Conference Call
Klug drafted by Titans
Titans giving new coordinator bigger defenders
Iowa’s Klug compared to Vanden Bosch
2011 NFL Draft: So You've Drafted Karl Klug


Julian Vandervelde:

Another coach Ferentz offensive lineman was drafted this year, this one in the sixth round. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Julian Vandervelde with the 142nd pick of the draft. ESPN's Todd McShay had this to say, “Quick off the ball, very well-coached there as most Iowa offensive linemen are."

Vandy links,

Julian Vandervelde Conference Call (4:51)
2011 NFL Draft: So You've Drafted Julian Vandervelde
Don't Be Fooled, This Is One Mean Musical Act
Eagles select Julian Vandervelde in fifth round
Eagles Grab Another Guard To Help The Offensive Line
Iowa G Julian Vandervelde


Tyler Sash:

Sash became the sixth Hawkeye drafted when the New York Giants selected him in the sixth round with the 198th pick. NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said of Sash what Hawkeye fans already knew, “All I know is this kid had made plays.” Sash left Iowa with a year of eligibility left to test the NFL waters. Some pundits had him as possibly a third rounder, the Giants were happy to snatch Sash in the sixth round.

Sash links,

Sash Picked by Giants in Draft's Sixth Round
2011 NFL Draft: So You've Drafted Tyler Sash
Giants feel they landed two of top 15 in NFL Draft
Giants fill need positions during final rounds
Giants add Iowa S Tyler Sash in sixth round, second defensive player taken in round
Instant Analysis: Tyler Sash


Other recappy type links,

Five More Hawks Picked
NFL Draft wrap: Iowa ties selection high under Coach Kirk Ferentz
Five more Hawkeyes picked on Day 3, matches school record

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