The following is an account of the Iowa Hawkeyes pro day that drew the interest of nearly every NFL club.
Hawkeye Nations Rob Howe, Jean Finley and Brian Finley attended Iowas 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 didnt 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: Eds 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. Dont 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.
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 were sure theyre 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, theyd 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 didnt 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 HawkeyeNation.com, our Iowa affiliate on the network