Iowa CITY, IOWA - Six members of the University of Iowa football program were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, which concluded Saturday. This marks the third straight year the Hawkeyes have had six players selected.
Offensive lineman Riley Reiff, the third Hawkeye junior to enter the draft in the last three years, was a first round selection of the Detroit Lions, becoming Iowa's third first round pick in the last three years. Iowa joins Alabama as the only two teams in nation to have a first round selection in each of the last three drafts.
Iowa has had 18 players selected in the last three years. That is the highest three-year total in the history of the Iowa program. Iowa had 16 players selected from 1956-58 and again from 1958-60.
Joining Reiff in the draft were DL Mike Daniels, a fourth round selection of the Green Bay Packers, OL Adam Gettis, a fifth round selection of the Washington Redskins, DB Shaun Prater, selected in the fifth round by Cincinnati, WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., selected in the sixth round by Philadelphia, and DB Jordan Bernstine, selected in the seventh round by the Redskins.
Reiff (6-6, 300) started 37 of 39 games during his Hawkeye playing career from 2009-11. During that time, Iowa compiled a 26-13 record and participated in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl (24-14 win against Georgia Tech), 2010 Insight Bowl (27-24 win against Missouri), and the 2011 Insight Bowl (31-14 loss to Oklahoma). A native of Parkston, S.D., Reiff was named first-team All-America by Pro Football Weekly after the 2011 season, as well as being selected first-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media.
Daniels (6-1, 280) is a native of Blackwood, N.J., where he attended Highland Regional HS. He started all 13 games at defensive tackle in 2011 and had 21 career starts. Daniels was named second team all-Big Ten as a senior by league coaches and was honorable mention by league media. He earned the team Iron Hawk Award as a senior and was a permanent team captain on defense.
Daniels joined the Iowa program with little fanfare following his prep career, but proved to be a reliable cog at his tackle position. He led Iowa in QB sacks (9-53) and tackles for loss (13.5-63) as a senior, while recording 32 solo tackles and 35 assists overall. He had a career-best nine tackles on two occasions, most recently in Iowa's 2011 contest at Nebraska.
Gettis (6-4, 280) is a native of Frankfort, Ill. and attended Lincoln Way East HS. He started all 13 games at right guard in 2011 and had 16 career starts. Gettis was named second team all-Big Ten as a senior by league coaches and was honorable mention by league media. He earned the Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award for his play as a senior.
Prater (5-11, 185) is a native of Omaha, Neb., where he attended Central HS before joining the Hawkeye program. He earned first team all-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior, starting the final 25 games of his career and 35 games overall.
As a senior Prater recorded 33 solo tackles and 18 assists. He had one interception, returning the theft 89-yards for a touchdown in a non-conference win over Tennessee Tech. Prater had seven career interceptions for 173 yards, 19 career pass break-ups and four forced fumbles.
McNutt (6-4, 215) was named the Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year in 2011 after catching 82 passes for 1,315 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was first team all-Big Ten by both coaches and media. He was named a permanent team captain and was named offensive MVP.
The St. Louis (Hazelwood Central HS) native is the third wide receiver to play under Ferentz at Iowa to be selected in the draft. McNutt holds Iowa records for receiving yards in a season (1,315) and career (2,861) and single season (12) and career touchdown receptions (28). He tied the single season reception mark with his 82 catches this past season. He led the Big Ten in receiving yards per game, was second in receptions per game and sixth in all-purpose yards. He joined the Iowa program as a quarterback before moving to wide receiver as a redshirt freshman.
Bernstine (5-11, 205) played in 12 games as a senior and had 11 starts. He recorded 44 solo tackles and 45 assists as a senior, including a career-high 15 tackles in a home win over nationally-ranked Michigan in his final season. He was also used on special teams, ranking seventh in the Big Ten in KO returns (23.8). He played as a true freshman in 2007 but missed the 2009 season due to injury.
Under Kirk Ferentz, 51 Iowa Hawkeyes have been selected in the NFL Draft.