Big Saturday Draft for Hawkeyes

April 30, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

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Friday’s second and third rounds did not see any Iowa players taken, but Saturday, the final day of the draft, was a big day for players that used to wear the black and gold.

Christian Ballard was the 106th pick of the draft, going in the 4th round to the Minnesota Vikings. Ballard was projected as a second or third round pick prior to last week, which is when the results of his failed combined drug test became public. Ballard literally lost hundreds of thousands of dollars due to that decision.

Ricky Stanzi was the 4th pick of the 5th round and the 135th player selected overall when the Kansas City Chiefs called his name. Stanzi had worked out for Kansas City and I felt the Chiefs were one of three likely landing places for Stanzi (along with New England and Indianapolis). Had Ryan Mallet not fallen to the third round, I think Stanzi would have gone to the Pats on Friday but that was not the case. Stanzi will get a chance to hold a clipboard for a few years behind Chiefs starter Matt Cassell, which isn’t a bad thing. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli is a longtime friend and associate of Kirk Ferentz. This was slightly lower than projected with regards to where Stanzi would get selected, but not out of left field.

With the 142nd pick of the draft and 11th of the 5th round, the Tennessee Titans took Iowa defensive lineman Karl Klug. An early 5th round slot is probably near the best case scenario I saw with regards to Klug’s draft grade.

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Julian Vandervelde went at the 30th pick of the 5th round and the 161st overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. He has to be happy with this, as some projections left him out of the draft entirely.

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Tyler Sash was picked 198th overall and in the 6th round, going to the New York Giants. Sash was projected anywhere from the 4th to 6th rounds.

As of this writing, the seventh round was still ongoing….we’ll have an NFL draft special Mashup later tonight.

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