Iowa football made history last month, when two Hawkeye tight ends were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Now, a third has signed with the NFL Draft… but it is not one any Iowa fan would have guessed.
Parker Hesse signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. He joins fellow Hawkeye and Titans draftee Amani Hooker in Nashville.
Hesse was not a tight end in college, though. He was a pivotal performer along the defensive line, appearing in every game of his four-year career.
He finished with 181 career tackles (30.5 for loss) and 13.5 sacks as a Hawkeye, along with four forced fumbles, three recoveries, two interceptions, and a touchdown.
Parker Hesse is making the move over to tight end to start his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans.
On Sunday, his father announced the signing after Titans mini-camp, and cracked a pretty good joke about the Iowa tight ends group.
Heard from a very reliable source, Parker Hesse has signed with the Tennessee Titans after their rookie minicamp. He is now officially a Tight End. Who knew you could find possible NFL tight ends at Iowa??? #TitanUp
— Perry Hesse (@perry_hesse) May 12, 2019
He will wear No. 49 for the Titans.
As noted by 247Sports, Hesse is not a total novice to the offensive side of the ball. Tight end is new to him, though.
In high school, he was a productive do it all player, contributing at quarterback, running back, and wide receiver.