NFL Descends on Iowa City

March 21, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

Hawkeye Nation

A number of NFL scouts and personnel visited Iowa City on Monday to hold the first of two pro days on the Iowa campus.

One is normal, two is not.

Last week, we posted on the boards and at our twitter page (twitter.com/hawkeyenation) that Iowa would host two pro days.

Part of the reason for that is the NFL is holding meetings in New Orleans. Another reason, as referenced in the link above, is “there’s so much demand for meetings with Iowa players.”

In recent years, Iowa has produced more NFL draft picks as any program in the league outside of Ohio State. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has NFL roots and Hawkeyes arrive in the league ready to contribute early and often. For example, 2010 Rookie linebacker Pat Angerer started for the Indianapolis Colts, rookie tackle Bryan Bulaga started for the Superbowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Former Iowa star Dallas Clark was an All Pro selection in 2009 and Bob Sanders is a former NFL Defensive MVP.

Even though many NFL personnel execs were in the Big Easy, there was still a good crowd in Iowa City on Monday as you can tell from this near 60 picture photo gallery from Hawkeyesports.com. In all, 20 teams were represented, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.

Numbers from this event are not generally broadcast to the public, but some typically trickle out. Tyler Sash and Adrian Clayborn both tweeted that their Iowa Pro Day numbers improved from their NFL combine performances. The NFL’s website talks here about how Ricky Stanzi and Clayborn improved their stock.

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3/22 UPDATE: Some numbers are coming out, in the NFL.com item linked directly above. Tyler Sash ran a 4.61, 33″ vertical and 14 reps of 225. Stanzi ran 4.93, 16 bench reps, 34″ vertical…Ballard ran 4.70, 34″ vertical and 16 reps…Klug ran a 4.81, 29.5″ vertical and 21 reps..

One player whose numbers have made their way out into the public are those put forth by Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.

DJK had to conduct his own private workout as he has been persona non-grata since his December 2010 arrest on drug possession charges, counts that were reduced to possession of Marijuana weeks ago.

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The National Football Post website posted some of DJK’s numbers:

40 yard dash: 4.50
Bench Press: 21 reps of 225-pounds
Vertical Leap: 34.5 inches
Broad Jump: 9 feet, 10 inches
Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 200

You can see how these and DJK’s other numbers compared to the receiver performances at last month’s NFL combine at this link. Brendan Stiles also has a nice write up comparing DJK’s numbers to that of his peer group at the combine linked here.

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Marc Morehouse of The Gazette tweeted a succinct yet solid point; of all of DJK’s numbers from Monday, the most important was three; scouts from Tampa, Miami and Arizona were in attendance for his workout.

DJK also gave an interview to The Gazette’s Scott Dochterman after the event, which you can read here.

I am not an NFL talent expert…not even close. But I have watched a lot of college football in my life and over the last three or four years I have watched five or six games a week from all across the country. DJK put up some solid numbers in key areas on Monday, but the guy is a playmaker with the pads on and has ‘leavin” speed, at least at the college level…as in “if he’s even, he’s leavin’.’ He can be a weapon in the return game and is Iowa’s all time leading receiver. His return average this year was better than any season return average Steve Breaston ever had at Michigan, by the way.

I am a big second chance guy because I have needed and been granted second chances. It’s one of the reasons I am pulling for this story to have a happy ending.

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