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

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hawkeye Basketball | Gabe Olaseni Signs With Iowa

Hawkeye basketball coach Fran McCaffery added another recruit to the fold today. Gabe Olaseni has signed his letter of intent to play for the Hawkeyes. Olaseni is a 6'10" 225 pound center that averaged 10 points and 8 boards at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Scott Dochterman, Olaseni is originally from London, England.

Olaseni is the second recruit to commit to Fran McCaffery this week. Combo guard Anthony Hubbard committed to the Hawks on Saturday. Olaseni and Hubbard join Josh Oglesby and Aaron White to form Fran McCaffery's first full recruiting class at Iowa. Per reports, all four should be in Iowa City to compete in this summer's Prime Time league.

With Cully Payne transferring to Loyola, Illinois, the Hawkeyes had three scholarships to fill this Spring. McCaffery said last week he'd be satisfied with filling two of those spots. McCaffery's staff has been recruiting Daytona deflect Percy Gibson and he has expressed interest. According to Rob Howe, of Hawkeye Insider, Iowa was still in the mix for Gibson (five days ago). It's not clear if Iowa is done with recruiting or if Gibson is still an option.

Olaseni has been reported to be somewhat of a project. He'll have Devon Archie and Andrew Brommer ahead of him on the depth chart. While Anthony Hubbard will be expected to compete for a starting spot and get points on the board for the Hawkeyes, Olaseni's strength may be on the defensive side of the ball while his offense is allowed to develop.

Here are some more links regarding Olaseni:

ESPN Recruiting Profile
Rivals Recruiting Profile
Gabe Olaseni Pens with Hawkeyes

Christian Ballard Tests Positive for Weed, Man

News emerged today that former Hawkeye defensive lineman Christian Ballard failed his drug test at the NFL combine in February. Ballard has been rumored by NFL draft experts to be selected as high as late in the first round. It's unclear if the test results will cost Ballard some cash as a result of falling several selections or even rounds in the draft.

Hawk Central writes that Ballard's versatility is a good fit for NFL teams. During his career at Iowa Ballard played both inside at tackle and outside at defensive end. That experience would lead me to think he would be a possible selection for any NFL squad no matter if they play a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense.

Why Ballard couldn't pass the joint knowing he had the biggest job interview of his life coming up is beyond me. I mean it's not everyday you interview for a potential employer that will be offering a contract in the millions of dollars. Perhaps it was because at the time it was Friday, and he didn't have a job, and he didn't have shit to do?

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