Iowa Center Austin Blythe to Colts in 7th Round

Austin Blythe becomes the lone Hawkeye selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

There was only one Iowa player selected in the NFL Draft but it continues the streak. The Hawkeyes have had a player chosen in the NFL Draft every year since 1977. The streak moved on another year, courtesy of center Austin Blythe. 

With the 248th overall pick in the 7th round, Austin Blythe was picked by the Indianapolis Colts. He was the second center chosen by the Colts who also drafted Alabama center Ryan Kelly. 

Blythe started 49 games for the Hawkeyes and the Williamsburg, Iowa native was an instrumental leader for the team for multiple seasons. 

The Colts are no stranger to Iowa, having massive success with previous picks Bob Sanders and Dallas Clark.

Other Hawkeyes with opportunities to get drafted were tight end Henry Krieger Coble, running back Jordan Canzeri, and defensive end Drew Ott. However, they all were left out and will try to land on teams as undrafted free agents.


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