Iowa has, somewhat quietly, positioned itself as something of an NFL factory. Kirk Ferentz's program should make a splash once again in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Hawkeyes are expected to dominate the tight end position. T.J. Hockenson could be a top 10 pick, and Noah Fant is also a likely first rounder.
Ferentz's success in getting players to the NFL is no shock. Apparently, he is incredibly well-regarded in NFL circles.
NFL insider Peter King says that Kirk Ferentz is "beloved" by those in the pro football ranks.
During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, the longtime football writer revealed that Ferentz may be only behind Nick Saban among college coaches that NFL folks trust the most.
247Sports transcribed the key bit from the interview:
"When scouts go into a program, there isn't anybody, except maybe besides Nick Saban that they trust more than Kirk Ferentz at Iowa," King said. "Kirk Ferentz is a beloved coach on the trail because he's coached in the NFL, coached under Bill Belichick, he's had multiple opportunities. If he snapped his finger he could have an NFL coaching job. He's loved in the NFL."
For recruits with NFL aspirations, it is hard to think of a much better selling point.