Olsen, Myers Head to AFC West Rivals

Offensive lineman Seth Olsen went to the Denver Broncos and the rival Oakland Raiders selected Brandon Myers on Sunday in the NFL Draft. HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe caught up with the former Hawkeyes to get their reaction to the event. Read about it here in this draft feature.

Iowa teammates Seth Olsen and Brandon Myers will be heading west to play for division rivals. Luckily, a few former Hawkeyes will be at those destinations to teach them the ropes.

The Denver Broncos chose Olsen, a guard, in the fourth round (132 overall) of the NFL Draft on Sunday. Two rounds later, the Oakland Raiders selected Myers, a tight end. He was the 202nd player picked.

"I'm pumped," a happy Olsen said of his thoughts about being a Bronco. Denver signed former Hawkeye Casey Wiegmann, a center, as a free agent before last season.

The Raiders added Myers to their Hawkeye fraternity of one – guard Robert Gallery, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2004 draft.

"He's a Midwest guy," Myers said of Gallery. "I know he's from a small town, too. I'm anxious to get out there and meet everyone and definitely talk to him a little bit about the experience."

Olsen and Myers both helped block for '08 all-American running back Shonn Greene, who won the Doak Walker as the best player at his position. Olsen started for three seasons at Iowa. Myers caught 34 passes for 441 yards and a team-high four touchdowns as a senior.

The pre-draft process can scramble a prospect's mind. Various teams interview them, and rarely do they allow the player know what they think of him.

In the cases of Olsen and Myers, the organizations that selected them made a lot of sense. Oakland was one of several teams that flew Myers into town for a visit. Denver was the only team to bring in Olsen.

"I actually visited them a couple of weeks ago," Olsen said. "I knew they were one of the top teams as far as the ones that liked me.

"I got a call from Denver (on Sunday). They told me to hold on a second. They were going to connect me with Coach (Josh) McDaniels. That's when I knew they were picking me."

Denver told Olsen that they thought he was a tough, smart football player with the type of character they're trying to bring into the organization. The Nebraska native was chosen higher than he was predicted to go in most mock drafts.

"My agent told me anywhere between the fourth and the sixth (rounds)," Olsen said. "I knew it was a possibility. And I don't put too much stock into what the supposed draft experts say just because that's their opinion. It doesn't mean it matches up with the opinion of the coaches that are looking at you."

Denver told Olsen he will work first at guard but also should be prepared to play tackle or even center. The Broncos have set their rookie mini camp to open Thursday.

Oakland Coach Tom Cable called Myers just moments before his name appeared on the TV.

"They just said that they were excited to have me," Myers said. "I think it's a good fit. They really didn't tell me what they liked, they were more excited for me. They can't wait to get me out there."

Myers likes the fit because Oakland basically runs the same blocking scheme as they do at Iowa.

"When I was out there on my visit, I had a good meeting with the tight end coach and the O-line coach about some of the things that we do similar to them at Iowa," he said. "Everything just went real well. It's a good fit."

Myers saw Gallery working out on his visit to Oakland, but didn't get a chance to meet the fellow Iowan. Sunday, Myers just was happy to have found out where he was headed.

"It's been a long day, let me tell you," said Myers, who starts rookie camp in Oakland on May 8. "You always want to hear your name called. I knew there also was a good chance that I could be a free agent, too. It was just exciting getting to spend time with my family and friends. I'm just happy to be a Raider."

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