Five More Hawks Picked

NFL teams picked five Hawkeyes during the final day of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Along with first-rounder Adrian Clayborn, Iowa matched a Kirk Ferentz Era record with a half dozen players chosen.

Following a silent Friday, the Iowa Hawkeyes were heard from on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Teams called the names of x Iowa alums on Saturday.

Christian Ballard (Vikings, Round 4, Overall Pick 106), Ricky Stanzi (Chiefs, 5, 135), Karl Klug (Titans, 5, 142), Julian Vandervelde (Eagles, 5, 161) and Tyler Sash (Giants, 6, 198) were scooped up.

The six Iowa players chosen this year equaled a high for one draft during the Kirk Ferentz Era, which began with the 2000 selection process. The same amount of Hawkeyes were picked a year ago.

Ballard made headlines this week when it was reported that he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Draft Combined. The defensive lineman was asked about that during his interview with the media following his selection by Minnesota.

Ballard said he had made mistakes in the past and now was looking to the future when asked why he might have slipped in the draft. He did not comment on if the report was accurate.

That's confidential. I'm just not willing to speak on that right now.

Some prognosticator also predicted that Stanzi might go higher in the draft. He will be reunited with one of his favorite targets at Iowa, tight end Tony Moeaki, in Kansas City.

Stanzi talked about joining the Chiefs, Moeaki and his USA tattoo in his pos-draft interview.

Tennessee grabbed Iowa DT Jared Clauss in the '04 draft. The franchise went back to the well again with Klug, who joined line mates Ballard and Adrian Clayborn (Bucs, Round 1, No. 20 overall) in being selected this week.

Klug spoke about being compared to Kyle Vanden Bosch and more in his Q & A on the team's website.

I remember my D-coordinator here at Iowa, I took it as a compliment, he said, ‘Klug remember the reason why you're here, you're here because of your high motor, not because of your skill set.

Vandervelde appears to have landed in a good spot. Three Eagle offensive linemen are up for free agency.

Sash left Iowa with a year of college eligibility remaining. He waited until mid-afternoon on Saturday before hearing his name called by New York.

The Giants liked what they saw in Sash's versatility.

Iowa's all-time leading receiver, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, tight end Allen Reisner, Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter and Punter Ryan Donahue had hoped to be selected and now will try to land free agent opportunities. That cannot happen until the league's labor issues are resolved.


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