Hawkeyes, Huskers & Cyclones sign as undrafted free agents
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
James Vandenberg is one of five quarterbacks on the Vikings roster.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Just because you don't hear your name called during one of the seven rounds of the NFL draft, doesn't mean you won't get a shot in the pros.
Former Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg has signed a deal with Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes starter his final two years, Vandenberg threw for more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior, before struggling last season throwing just seven touchdowns and eight interceptions in his senior campaign.
Other Hawkeyes that have signed include receiver Keenan Davis who is heading to the Browns and lineman Matt Tobin who is going to Philadelphia. Davis hauled in 47 passes for 571 yards and a touchdown last season.
Also joining the Eagles is Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott. Knott amassed 79 tackles and interception before season ending shoulder surgery in October.
Receiver Josh Lenz is heading north to Chicago. In his senior year, Lenz had one of his best seasons, catching 21 passes for 459 yards and six touchdowns. ISU defensive lineman Jake McDonough is joining Rex Ryan in New York. He had two sacks last year.
From Nebraska, kicker Brett Maher is also heading to the Jets to try out. The Kearney, Neb., native connected on 20 of 27 field goals and all 59 extra points in 2012.
His teammate, tight end Ben Cotton, has signed with the Chargers.
Fellow Husker tight end Kyler Reed is going to Jacksonville and linebacker Eric Martin to the New Orleans Saints.
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