Thanks, in large part, to the success the New England Patriots have had with Rob Gronkowski, and the emergence of other match-up nightmares at the position, tight end could become a pretty hot commodity. That is good news for Iowa football.
The Hawkeyes have an impressive recent history of producing pros at the position. This year, it could have the top two tight ends in the NFL Draft.
T.J. Hockenson is viewed by some as the closest thing to Gronk since he entered the league, thanks to his combination of receiving ability and elite blocking.
His college positionmate Noah Fant may be the most impressive pure athlete at the position, and is also a likely first rounder.
Not only does he have them both in the first round, but CBS Sports' Pete Prisco thinks both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant could go in the top 14 picks.
"I think value of position plays in here. I think they're going a lot higher than I had them going in my 'where they should' mock draft. In fact, I'm starting to hear some chatter that Fant might go before Hockenson, there's some of that chatter around the league. He's more of a pass-catching tight end, people like that. But I think both of them will go in the first 13 or 14 picks."
In his most recent mock, Prisco had Hockenson to the Tennessee Titans at No. 19, and Fant to the Green Bay Packers, who have two first rounders, at No. 30.
Now, he thinks he may have way undersold both based on the things he's heard.