7 Hawkeyes, 2 Cyclones invited to NFL Combine
Riley Reiff is the lone junior of the bunch
Seven members of Iowa's 2011 football team were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, which is held later this month in Indianapolis.
Iowa offensive linemen Riley Reiff, Markus Zusevics and Adam Gettis will participate in the multi-day event, which includes workouts, medical exams and interviews with NFL officials. Other Iowa players invited include wide receiver Marvin McNutt, linebacker Tyler Nielsen, cornerback Shaun Prater and defensive tackle Mike Daniels.
Reiff had one year of eligibility remaining but many draft analysts, including ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL Network's Mike Mayock, rank him among the best tackle prospects entering the draft.
Reiff, Prater and McNutt were first-team all-Big Ten selections, while Daniels and Gettis were second-team all-Big Ten. Zusevics and Nielsen were tabbed honorable mention. McNutt was named the Big Ten's top wide receiver last season.
Two Iowa State players also were invited: offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and cornerback Leonard Johnson. Osemele was first-team all-Big 12 and was named first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. Johnson was a two-time, second-team all-Big 12 selection.
Former Iowa running back Jewel Hampton, who transferred to Southern Illinois for the 2011 season, also was invited. Hampton left Southern Illinois after his junior season. He rushed for 1,121 yards at 4.9 yards per carry and 17 touchdowns last year for the Salukis.The NFL draft is slated for April 26-28.