Hawkeyes in NFL: 70 percent are linemen

20 former Iowa players on NFL rosters

Jonathan Babineaux, entering his 12th season with the Atlanta Falcons out of Iowa (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)
Jonathan Babineaux, entering his 12th season with the Atlanta Falcons out of Iowa (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

It’s like this: There are 20 former Iowa Hawkeyes on NFL active rosters as of Monday morning. Fourteen of them are interior linemen, counting deep snapper Casey Kreiter of the Denver Broncos.

Nine (I count Kreiter among them) are offensive linemen. Five are defensive linemen. Then you have three linebackers, two tight ends and a defensive back.

There used to be more DBs, but Bradley Fletcher and Charles Godfrey recently ended NFL careers of seven and nine years, respectively.fairly long NFL careers.

That Iowa has no former quarterback, running back or wide receiver on an active roster is, well, whatever you want to make it. Former Hawkeye quarterback Jake Rudock is on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad. Ricky Stanzi never threw a pass in an NFL regular-season game, but is without an NFL team for the first time since being a Kansas City Chiefs’ fifth-round draft pick in 2011. Stanzi was employed by five NFL teams, three of which had him on the practice squad only.

Stanzi tried out for the New Orleans Saints a week ago but wasn’t signed.

Here is the breakdown of Big Ten players and players from Iowa colleges on NFL rosters:

Ohio State 37, Penn State 29, Wisconsin 25, Michigan State 23, Nebraska 22, Iowa 20, Michigan 18, Rutgers 14, Maryland 13, Illinois 12, Purdue 11, Indiana 9, Northwestern 8, Minnesota 8.

Northern Iowa has six and Iowa State four. o They’ll be listed at the bottom of this post.

Here are the 20 ex-Hawkeyes on NFL rosters, the three on practice squads, and the one on injured reserve. If I have any omissions (things change quickly in that league), please let me know and I’ll update this.




Atlanta: NT Jonathan Babineaux (12th year), DE Adrian Clayborn (6th)

Baltimore: G Marshal Yanda (10th), NT Carl Davis (2nd)

Cleveland: LB Christian Kirksey (3rd)

Dallas: LB Anthony Hitchens (3rd)

Denver: C James Ferentz (2nd), LS Casey Kreiter (1st)

Detroit: G Riley Reiff (5th)

Green Bay: OT Bryan Bulaga (7th), DT Mike Daniels (5th), DB Micah Hyde (4th)

Houston: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (3rd)

Indianapolis: C Austin Blythe (1st)

Los Angeles: OT Andrew Donnal (2nd)

Minnesota: LB Chad Greenway (11th)

Philadelphia: OL Matt Tobin (4th)

Tampa Bay: TE Brandon Myers (8th)

Tennessee: DL Karl Klug (6th)

Washington: OL Brandon Scherff (2nd)


Denver: TE Henry Krieger Coole

Indianapolis: WR Tevaun Smith

N.Y. Giants: OL Adam Gettis


Los Angeles: DL Louis Trinca-Pasat (2nd year)

Northern Iowa


Arizona: RB David Johnson (2nd), DT Xavier Williams (2nd)

Chicago: DB Deiondre Hall (1st)

Oakland: OT Austin Howard (7th)

Pittsburgh: LB L.J. Fort (3rd)


Green Bay: DB Makinton Dorleant (1st)

Iowa State


Carolina: LB A.J. Klein (4th)

Dallas: DL David Irving (2nd)

Oakland: OL Kelechi Osemele (5th)

Seattle: DT Ahtyba Rubin (9th)


Houston: WR Quenton Bundrage

Miami: DE Cleyon Laing

Oakland: OL Oni Omoile

William Penn

N.Y. Giants: DT Damon Harrison (5th)



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