3 Hawks Drafted

C.J. Fiedorowicz, Christian Kirksey and Anthony Hitchens all heard their names called during this weekend's NFL Draft. Find out where these Hawkeyes are headed along with some others who signed free agent deals.

Three Hawkeyes heard their names called this weekend during the NFL Draft. C.J. Fiedorowicz and Christian Kirksey were scooped up in Round Three and Anthony Hitchens came off the board in the fourth.

The Houston Texans, whose new coach Bill O'Brien, spoke at Iowa's coaches clinician this spring, selected Fiedorowicz with the first pick of the third, the 65th overall pick of the draft. He became the fifth tight end chosen in the process. "I talked to them at the Senior Bowl. I talk to them a little bit at the combine. I've watched the Texans over the last couple of years and I've seen that they use their tight ends as a big part of their offense. I just want to continue that tradition and keep things rolling at the tight end position," Fiedorowicz said during a conference call. You can read the transcript of it HERE.

Six picks after the Texans tabbed Fiedorowicz, the Cleveland Browns called Kirksey. The linebacker was the 71st player selected.

"We've got the best fans in the country - The Dog Pound," Kirksey said on his conference call. "I"m just ready to become part of the Browns and give it my all, especially giving an honor to Jim Brown, who played there. He's a legend. Just to play behind a legend makes me feel great."

You can listen to Kirksey's conference call HERE.

Hitchens wrapped up the Hawkeyes weekend in the draft when the Dallas Cowboys snapped him up the 19th pick of the fourth round, the 119th player taken overall. NFL.com had projected the Iowa linebacker to go in the seventh round or be a free agent.

"I was surprised," Hitchens told FM-105.3, The Fan shortly after being picked. "I think the only time I talked to them was at the combine."

You can listen to all of the Hitchens radio interview HERE. Another neat video to watch is Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones calling Hitchens to inform him he's been chosen. Watch that HERE.

After the draft concluded late Saturday afternoon, news of free agent signings broke. Iowa linebacker James Morris hooked on with the New England Patriots, according to Pat Harty of the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Long snapper Casey Kreiter tweeted that he would be signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Darin Svenson from KDEC radio in Decaorah reported that the Baltimore Ravens picked up offensive lineman Brett Van Sloten. Tanner Miller joined up with the Green Bay Packers, according to a tweet from his brother, Reid Miller.

Arif Hasan from Vikings Territory tweeted that offensive lineman Conor Boffeli will be heading to Minnesota.

Receiver Don Shumpert called HI Sunday morning to let us know he signed with the Chicago Bears.

We'll add more signings to this story if and when they are confirmed.

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