2020 NFL Draft Wrap-Up: Iowa Streaks, Stats, and More

By RossWB on April 26, 2020 at 1:01 pm
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The 2020 NFL Draft is in the books, so here's a rundown of what happened from an Iowa standpoint. 

Five Iowa players were drafted, the most in a single draft since six guys went in the 2012 draft. 

Round 1, #13: Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay) | So You've Drafted Tristan Wirfs

Round 2, #54: AJ Epenesa (Buffalo) | So You've Drafted AJ Epenesa

Round 3, #77: Michael Ojemudia (Denver) | So You've Drafted Michael Ojemudia

Round 7, #219: Geno Smith (Baltimore) | So You've Drafted Geno Smith

Round 7, #244: Nate Stanley (Minnesota) | So You've Drafted Nate Stanley

Three more Iowa players signed deals as undrafted free agents. 

Kristian Welch, who some thought had a chance to get selected in the later rounds, signed with Baltimore. 

Nate Wieting continued the pipeline of Iowa tight ends to the NFL by signing with Cleveland. 

And Cedrick Lattimore signed a deal with Seattle. 

Former Iowa hoops player Ahmad Wagner (who transferred to Kentucky to play football before last season) also signed a free agent deal, with Chicago: 

Meanwhile, Iowa improved their streak of having at least one player selected to 42 years now. 

They also had a player selected in the first round for the second straight year, while a few neighboring schools added to their first round draft pick droughts. 

Not that we're counting or anything. (OK, we definitely are counting.) 

Iowa's five players selected tied them for 11th most among colleges in this year's draft. 

Iowa has had 10 players selected in the first round in the 21 years of the Kirk Ferentz Era at Iowa. 

2003: #24 Dallas Clark (Indianapolis)
2004: #2 Robert Gallery (Oakland)
2006: #17 Chad Greenway (Minnesota)
2010: #23 Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay)
2011: #20 Adrian Clayborn (Tampa Bay)
2012: #23 Riley Reiff (Detroit)
2015: #5 Brandon Scherff (Washington)
2019: #8 TJ Hockenson (Detroit)
2019: #20 Noah Fant (Denver)
2020: #13 Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay)

This was the fourth time in that span that they've had first round picks in consecutive years, joining 2003-04, 2010-11, and 2011-12. If Wirfs had gone in the Top 10, Iowa would have Top 10 picks in consecutive years for the first time since 1958-59. (Alex Karras was selected #10 in 1958, while Randy Duncan went #1 overall in 1959.) 

Only Alabama has had more offensive linemen drafted in the first round than Iowa since 2004. 

Iowa's also had a defensive back taken in four consecutive drafts: 

2017: Round 5, #151 (smh): Desmond King (San Diego)
2018: Round 2, #45: Josh Jackson (Green Bay)
2019: Round 4, #116: Amani Hooker (Tennessee)
2020: Round 3, #77: Michael Ojemudia (Denver) and Round 7, #219: Geno Stone (Baltimore)

Phil goddamn Parker. 

Finally, the first three players taken in the NFL Draft this year were Joe Burrow, Chase Young, and Jeff Okudah. All three started their college careers at Ohio State. More importantly, all three were Buckeyes in 2017. What happened to Ohio State in 2017? 

Oh, right. 

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