The last few days have been good ones for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Four members of the 2018 team were selected over the weekend, with two going in the first round.
That pair made history. T.J. Hockenson (No. 8, Detroit Lions), and Noah Fant (No. 20, Denver Broncos) became the first pair of teammate tight ends to go in the first round of the same NFL Draft.
Two more Hawkeyes went in the fourth round, with Anthony Nelson going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Amani Hooker to the Tennessee Titans.
Now, a bunch of additional Iowa players are getting an NFL look.
Seven Iowa Hawkeyes have landed NFL opportunities as undrafter free agents.
The one with the best shot to land on a team may be wide receiver Nick Easley, thanks to a lack of positional depth there for the Buffalo Bills.
From Des Moines Register:
A junior-college walk-on whose only college interest out of Newton High School was as a Division II punter was signing a priority free-agent deal with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. His brother, Matt, confirmed the deal to the Des Moines Register.
And it’s quite a fit. The Bills didn’t choose a wide receiver among the eight players they drafted. Easley (5-foot-11, 203 pounds) should have an excellent chance to make the 53-man roster as a slot receiver.
Easley is coming off of a huge bowl performance in Iowa’s win over Mississippi State, and earned a reputation as a clutch pass-catcher adept at moving the chains.
Other Hawkeyes who have signed as UDFAs:
OL Ross Reynolds – San Francisco 49ers
DL Matt Nelson – Detroit Lions
OL Keegan Render – Philadelphia Eagles
Interestingly, Nelson is making the move across the line of the offensive side, per the report. Three more Iowa players are getting tryouts as well:
DE Parker Hesse – Kansas City Chiefs
S Jake Gervase – Oakland Raiders
DT Sam Brincks – Green Bay Packers
Congratulations to the Hawkeyes who have taken one more step towards their NFL dreams.