Patriots Draft: Scouting in Iowa

NFL player personnel members flocked to Iowa City Monday afternoon for the school's annual pro day. As has been the case, New England scouts spent time watching Draft prospects run through drills and conduct interviews While many scouts were in attendance to check out top ranked linebacker Chad Greenway, the Patriots were also focused on other players. Find out who they were talking to.

The following is an account of the Iowa Hawkeyes pro day that drew the interest of nearly every NFL club.

Hawkeye Nation’s Rob Howe, Jean Finley and Brian Finley attended Iowa’s annual pro day Monday afternoon at the bubble. It was believed that 22 NFL scouts were in attendance. Media members were restricted from interviewing players, coaches or NFL personnel and we didn’t have access to workout results.

Here are some notes from the event:

OLD HAWKS: Several former Hawkeyes who finished their careers before the 2005 season returned. Dallas Clark attended the event as an observer. Brad Banks threw passes to the receivers and at the defensive backs. Warren Holloway and Tony Jackson worked out for the scouts.

ED HINKEL: Ed’s hand was out of the cast from his surgery on March 1. He showed scouts from the Panthers and Patriots that he was limited in his range of motion, but assured them he would be fine. He looked strong running pass routes and catching passes even with the sore hand. He did not run any 40s or shuttles, as he was pleased with his performances in those tests at the combine in Indy. Ed spent some time talking to reps from the Panthers, Browns, and Patriots.

IOWA UNDERCLASSMEN: A number of Iowa underclassmen attended the event. Don’t worry, Albert Young plans on returning for his junior season. Drew Tate, Eric McCollom, Calvin Davis, Jason Manson, Mike Jones, Richie Williams, Lee Gray, Marcus Paschal, Shonn Greene, Bryan Mattison and Kenny Iwebema also were in the house.

TEST DAY: In addition to Hinkel, Abdul Hodge, Chad Greenway, David Walker, Clinton Solomon, Brian Ferentz, Jovon Johnson, Antwan Allen, and Adolphus Shelton worked out for the pro player personnel.

GREENWAY SLOWED: After running his second 40-yard dash, Greenway pulled up with a tweaked left hamstring. He seemed in good spirits and word had it that it was minor. Brian timed 40s with his stop watch, but we’re sure they’re not accurate. We had Chad at 4.4 on his first run and 4.6 on the pull-up. Chad spent some time with a Browns rep and skipped the bench press.

REALLY UNOFFICIAL: As we said, Brian did his best with the 40s. Here are some very unofficial times we got: Greenway (4.4, 4.6); Hodge (4.7, 4.7, 4.74); Johnson (4.56, 4.54); Shelton (4.45, 4.3); Solomon (4.58, 4.49), Jackson (4.78, 4.85), Allen (4.66), Ferentz (5.32).

Chad seemed very pleased with his times, while Abdul took a third shot to try to better his times. He appeared a bit frustrated.


Jovon looked ripped. If the guy was a few inches taller, they’d be talking about a second-round pick. He looked very good in the defensive back drills and drew praise from the NFL scouts running that station. Antwan struggled a bit with change of directions and acceleration.

Marques Simmons showed up briefly but wore street clothes and didn’t work out.

Brad Banks still possesses a rocket for an arm. He was a little off on his deep ball, but showed excellent accuracy on short routes.

Unlike many of the underclassmen in workout clothes and sweats, Gray was in street clothes.

Kirk Ferentz and Dallas Clark probably spent about an hour talking and laughing together.

The Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett attended the workout. St. Louis picks 11th in the first round.


Rob Howe is a senior writer for, our Iowa affiliate on the network


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