C.J. Fiedorowicz could be the first Hawkeye taken in the NFL Draft.
Most football fans know which names will be called in round one of the NFL Draft. Many players who Siouxlander's have watched at Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska will be picked, but probably not until the second and third days of the draft on Friday and Saturday.
According to NFL.com, four Iowa Hawkeyes will be picked. The website says tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz will be the first Iowa player taken, as high as the third round. Three Hawkeye linebackers will likely go. Christian Kirksey is a fourth round pick, with James Morris and Anthony Hitchens given a seventh round grade.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz says those guys will be hard to replace.
"The biggest thing is, anytime you lose players, which we did, you lose leaders too," said head coach Kirk Ferentz. "I think those are the two things we have to address and it's like that every year. First and foremost, you think about the three linebackers, you think about C.J., those guys are all NFL-caliber players. So to think the next guy playing at those positions will play at the same level probably isn't realistic."
NFL.com says five Huskers will be drafted. The highest spots are in the third round for cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste and guard Spencer Long. Wide Receiver Quincy Enunwa could go in the sixth round, with Ciante Evans and Jeremiah Sirles hoping to go in the seventh and final round.
Iowa State has two draft prospects. Linebacker Jeremiah George looks like a sixth round possibility. Kirby Van Der Kamp might be the only punter taken, with a seventh round projection.
South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr is seen as a seventh round pick. The native of Little Rock, Iowa, will likely sign a free agent contract if he's not picked, according to the website.
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