Iowa to the NFL a Familiar Theme; 2005 Draft Recap

With five players selected in the 2005 NFL Draft, 15 former Hawkeyes selected in the last three drafts, a new school record. Seven of those 15 picks were 1st or 2nd round selections, and an astonishing five of the 15 picks were former walk-on's to the Iowa program. Take a look at our draft recap, as well as a sneak peek ahead to who might hear their name called in the 2006 NFL draft, and where.

Kirk Ferentz recently said that it should not be a college football coach's mission to produce players for the NFL.

Though that might not be Iowa's approach, they are producing NFL draft choices at a rate unmatched in school history.

Five former Hawkeyes were selected in the 2005 NFL Draft, matching the the number of former Hawkeyes taken in both the 2003 & 2004 drafts.

The 15 former Hawkeyes selected sets a new standard for the program over a three-year stretch. The previous three-year best was 14 players in the 1984, 1985 and 1986 drafts.

Matt Roth (Miami) and Jonathon Babineaux (Atlanta) were selected in the 2nd round, with Sean Considine starting things on Day Two of the draft, being taken by the Philadelphia Eagles as the first pick of round four. Tony Jackson (Seattle) went in the sixth round and Pete McMahon (Oakland) went in the sixth as a compensatory selection.

Iowa's rich tradition of walk-on turned success story also continued with this year's NFL draft, as former walk-on's Sean Considine and Pete McMahon heard their names called in the draft.

Seven of the 15 Hawkeyes that have been drafted over the past three seasons were selected in either the first or second round, while an amazing five of those 15 selections were former walk-on's.

This year's senior class won 31 games over the last three years, the best stretch in school history.

LOOKING AHEAD

Iowa's NFL Draft success to continue in 2006, barring injuries to those players projected to be drafted.

ESPN Draft Analyst has said all weekend long that Chad Greenway might have been a Top 10 pick in this year's draft, and though linebacker looks like a strong position for next year's draft, Greenway's athleticism will likely see him selected in the first round.

Receiver Clinton Solomon might be able to work his way into the first round next year, too, while LB Abdul Hodge is ‘projected' anywhere from the first round to rounds two or three.

The last time two Hawkeyes were taken in the first round of the same draft was 1997 when Tom Knight (9th overall to Arizona) and Ross Verba (30th overall to Green Bay) were selected. Three Hawkeyes were first round selections in 1986; Chuck Long, Ronnie Harmon and Mike Haight.

Ed Hinkel may also have an opportunity at the next level, and Antwan Allen and Jovon Johnson might have a shot in the later rounds of the draft as well. Should Lee Gray miss significant time in 2005 due to a knee injury, Ben Gates will have a chance to audition for the next level at tackle.


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