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A list of former Iowa collegians and former Iowa preps who are on NFL rosters, with uniform number in parentheses, and their statistics in 2021. Note: Most players spent time on the COVID-19/reserve list:
Landen Akers, WR, Los Angeles Rams (84) — A rookie receiver from Iowa State and Cedar Rapids Washington, an undrafted free agent, spent most of the year on the practice squad, but was elevated to the active roster for two games, with just one special teams tackle. He had seven catches for 60 yards in two preseason games.
Cole Banwart, Minnesota Vikings (62) — A rookie offensive lineman from Iowa and Algona signed with the Vikings practice squad late in the season after stints with the Titans and Giants.
C.J. Beathard, Jacksonville Jaguars (3) — A fifth-year quarterback from Iowa was signed in the spring. Beathard only appeared in two games, going 2-of-2 passing for 33 yards with one rush for 2 yards.
Shaun Beyer, Denver Broncos (88) — A rookie tight end from Iowa and Cedar Rapids Kennedy was on the practice squad all season and signed a reserve/future contract.
Austin Blythe, Kansas City Chiefs (66) — A sixth-year offensive lineman from Iowa and Williamsburg. After starting 47 games in three seasons with the Rams, Blythe played in just four games with the Chiefs after signing a one-year deal with the team. He had sports hernia surgery in August.
Ike Boettger, Buffalo Bills (65) — A fourth-year offensive lineman from Iowa and Cedar Falls started 10 games and played in 15 for the Bills. He was hurt in the next-to-last game with a ruptured Achilles and had surgery.
Spencer Brown, Buffalo Bills (79) — A rookie offensive lineman from Northern Iowa and Lenox started 10 games and played in 13 for the Bills. Was fined $5,000 for drinking a fan’s beer during a celebration against the Panthers.
Bryan Bulaga, Los Angeles Chargers (75) — A 12th-year offensive tackle from Iowa started one game, played two quarters before getting injured. He went on injured reserve with a core muscle injury.
Elijah Campbell, Miami Dolphins (22) — A fourth-year defensive back from Northern Iowa was waived by the Jets on Aug. 31 and signed by the Dolphins the next day. Played in seven games with one tackle. He was placed on the IR on Nov. 27.
Coy Cronk, OL, Jacksonville Jaguars (64) — A rookie offensive lineman from Indiana and Iowa signed with the Packers then later was added to the Jacksonville practice squad. The Jaguars signed him to a reserve/futures contract.
Dominique Dafney, Green Bay Packers (49) — A rookie tight end from Indiana State and Iowa and West Des Moines Valley appeared in 10 games with two starts and caught two passes for 34 yards.
James Daniels, Chicago Bears (68) — A fourth-year offensive lineman from Iowa made 17 starts for the Bears. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2022.
Mike Daniels, Cincinnati Bengals (76) — A 10th-year defensive end from Iowa played in two games, with one start, and had four tackles. Had been released by the Bengals in August, but they brought him back a month later.
Carl Davis, New England Patriots (98) — A seventh-year defensive tackle from Iowa played in 17 games with four starts for the Patriots. Had 12 tackles, including a sack.
A.J. Epenesa, Buffalo Bills (57) — A second-year defensive end from Iowa played in 14 games and made 14 tackles, including 1.5 sacks.
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (87) — A third-year tight end from Iowa started 16 games and had 68 receptions for 670 yards with four touchdowns.
James Ferentz, New England Patriots (65) — An eighth-year offensive lineman from Iowa and Iowa City High played in three games with two starts between shifts on the practice squad.
L.J. Fort, Baltimore Ravens (58) — A ninth-year linebacker from Northern Iowa tore his ACL in preseason and missed the season.
Daurice Fountain, Kansas City Chiefs (82) — A fourth-year receiver from Northern Iowa appeared in two games but spent most of the season on the Chiefs’ practice squad. Had 10 catches for 118 yards in the preseason.
Jake Gervase, Los Angeles Rams (39) — A third-year defensive back from Iowa and Davenport Assumption played in two games with two tackles, spent most of the season on practice squad.
Chauncey Golston, Dallas Cowboys (59) — A rookie defensive end from Iowa played in 15 games and had 30 tackles with one sack and one fumble recovery.
Willie Harvey Jr., Cleveland Browns (56) — A fourth-year linebacker from Iowa State played in two games, making one tackle. Signed to a reserve/future contract.
Jack Heflin, Green Bay Packers (90) — A rookie defensive tackle from Northern Illinois and Iowa played in four games with one tackle.
Parker Hesse, Atlanta Falcons (46) — A third-year tight end from Iowa and Waukon continued his post-college transition from defensive line to tight end, and played in eight games, with one start. He had five catches for 43 yards.
Anthony Hitchens, Kansas City Chiefs (53) — An eighth-year linebacker from Iowa started 15 games with 76 tackles and one interception.
T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions (88) — A third-year tight end from Iowa and Chariton started 12 games and had 61 receptions for 583 yards and four touchdowns. He injured his hand and missed the final five games.
Amani Hooker, Tennessee Titans (37) — A third-year defensive back from Iowa started 12 games, making 60 tackles, four pass defenses and one interception. Missed a handful of games early in the season with a foot injury.
Micah Hyde, Buffalo Bills (23) — A ninth-year safety from Iowa started 17 games for the Bills and made 70 tackles, one sack, 10 pass defenses, and five interceptions, including one pick-6, plus two fumble recoveries.
AJ (Alaric) Jackson, Los Angeles Rams (68) — A rookie offensive lineman from Iowa played in four games. Due to COVID-19 and an injury, was pushed to starting left tackle in Week 16.
Josh Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs (20) — A fourth-year defensive back from Iowa acquired by the New York Giants from Green Bay in an offseason trade. Jackson was waived Oct. 27. He signed with the Chiefs practice squad on Oct. 29. He played in two games, making four tackles.
Josey Jewell, Denver Broncos (47) — A fourth-year linebacker from Iowa and Decorah played in just two games before suffering a season-ending pectoral injury. Had eight tackles and a forced fumble.
David Johnson, Houston Texans (31) — A seventh-year running back from Northern Iowa and Clinton played in 13 games with four starts and ran for 228 yards on 67 carries and caught 32 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown.
Jaleel Johnson, Houston Texans (93) — A fifth-year defensive lineman from Iowa played in 12 games with 21 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Michael Joseph, Chicago Bears (30) — A fourth-year cornerback from University of Dubuque was waived Aug. 27 with injury settlement, but was added to the practice squad. Played in one game, Week 15, with no stats. Was signed to a reserve/future contract.
Desmond King II, Houston Texans (25) — A fifth-year defensive back from Iowa played in 16 games with 12 starts. Had 88 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and six passes defended. Also had one kickoff return for 27 yards and 17 kickoff returns for 154 yards.
Christian Kirksey, Houston Texans (58) — An eighth-year linebacker from Iowa played in 13 games with 12 starts. Had 75 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries and eight passes defended.
George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (85) — A fifth-year tight end from Iowa started 14 games with 71 receptions for 910 yards and six touchdowns. Also rushed three times for 20 yards. Named to the Pro Bowl.
A.J. Klein, Buffalo Bills (54) — A ninth-year linebacker from Iowa State played in 15 games, starting four. Had 28 tackles, one interception one fumble recovery and five passes defended.
Casey Kreiter, New York Giants (58) — A sixth-year long-snapper from Iowa and DeWitt Central played in 17 games.
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers (13) — A fourth-year receiver from Iowa State and Urbandale played in 15 games with 13 starts and had 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns. Also had three rushes for 32 yards.
Matt Leo, Philadelphia Eagles (66) — A second-year defensive end from Iowa State spent season on practice squad as Eagles’ “international exemption.”
Greg Mabin, Tennessee Titans (30) — A fifth-year defensive back from Iowa played in five games with two starts, had eight tackles and a pass defense. Was signed off the Cardinals practice squad. Missed a few games with an ankle injury.
David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (32) — A third-year running back from Iowa State started 13 games, rushing for 849 yards on 225 carries with seven touchdowns. Also caught 42 passes for 301 yards.
Briley Moore, Tennessee Titans (49) — A rookie tight end from Northern Iowa and Kansas State tore his ACL in the preseason.
Anthony Nelson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (98) — A third-year defensive end from Iowa and Waukee shifted to outside linebacker late in the season. Played in 17 games with two starts, had 21 tackles and five sacks, with one fumble recovery and one pass defense.
Matt Nelson, Detroit Lions (67) — A third-year offensive lineman from Iowa and Cedar Rapids Xavier played in 13 games with 11 starts.
Ben Niemann, Kansas City Chiefs (56) — A fourth-year linebacker from Iowa played in 17 games with five starts. Had 51 tackles, one sack, one pass defense and two fumble recoveries.
Nick Niemann, Los Angeles Chargers (31) — A rookie linebacker from Iowa played in 17 games with 21 tackles, one interception and one pass defense.
Daviyon Nixon, Carolina Panthers (94) — A rookie defensive tackle from Iowa played in seven games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Had nine tackles and half a sack.
Kene Nwangwu, Minnesota Vikings (26) — A rookie running back from Iowa State played in 11 games. Had 13 carries for 61 yards and four catches for nine yards. Also had 18 kickoff returns for 579 yards, including two touchdowns.
Michael Ojemudia, Denver Broncos (13) — A second-year cornerback from Iowa only played in two games, starting the final game of the season. Had 11 tackles and two passes defended. He was injured in the preseason.
Jamal Perry, Miami Dolphins (33) — A third-year cornerback from Iowa State formerly known as Jomal Wiltz, played in four games with four tackles before going down with a season-ending injury.
Ross Pierschbacher, New York Jets (66) — A third-year offensive lineman from Alabama and Cedar Falls was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 10 and spent season there. Signed to a reserve/future contract.
Riley Reiff, Cincinnati Bengals (71) — A 10th-year offensive tackle from Iowa made 12 starts then was shut down with a lingering ankle injury. He was playing on a one-year contract.
Eric Saubert, Denver Broncos (82) — A fifth-year tight end from Drake played in 17 games with four starts. Had eight catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Mekhi Sargent, Jacksonville Jaguars (36) — A rookie running back from Iowa was waived by the Titans, then the Rams before being claimed off waivers by the Jaguars. Played in five games, had five carries for 11 yards.
Brandon Scherff, Washington Football Team (75) — A seventh-year offensive guard from Iowa and Denison-Schleswig started 11 games. Missed a few with a knee injury. Named to the Pro Bowl.
Brandon Smith, Dallas Cowboys (80) — A rookie receiver from Iowa spent the season on the practice squad.
Elerson Smith, New York Giants (94) — A rookie linebacker from Northern Iowa played in eight games with eight tackles and one forced fumble. Spent early part of season on IR with hamstring injury.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Minnesota Vikings (15) — A rookie receiver from Iowa played in eight games with one start. Had five catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Plus four kickoff returns for 83 yards.
Dylan Soehner, New Orleans Saints (89) — A rookie tight end from Iowa State landed on the injured reserve for the entire season with an undisclosed injury.
Geno Stone, Baltimore Ravens (26) — A second-year safety from Iowa played 15 games with one start, making 20 tackles, one interception and one pass defense.
Barrington Wade, Denver Broncos (54) — A rookie linebacker from Iowa played in four games with one tackle. On Monday, he was signed to a futures contract.
Kristian Welch, Baltimore Ravens (57) — A second-year linebacker from Iowa played in 16 games with 13 tackles.
Xavier Williams, Houston Texas (69) — A seventh-year defensive tackle from Northern Iowa signed with Houston when their D-line was hit by COVID-19 late in the season, then they waived him two weeks later. He appeared in one game.
Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (78) — A second-year offensive lineman from Iowa and Mount Vernon started 17 games. Named to the Pro Bowl.
Steve Wirtel, Green Bay Packers (46) — A second-year long-snapper from Iowa State played in nine games.
As a bonus, a list of former Iowa collegians and former Iowa preps who are on Canadian Football League rosters, with uniform number in parentheses, and their statistics in 2021.
James Butler, British Columbia Lions (20) — A fourth-year running back from Iowa played in 11 games with 497 yards on 101 carries with two touchdowns, plus 39 receptions for 243 yards and a TD. Also had 11 kickoff returns for 325 yards.
Julian Good-Jones, Calgary Stampeders (69) — A second-year offensive lineman from Iowa State and Cedar Rapids Washington played in seven games.
Nolan MacMillan, Ottawa Redblacks (66) — A seventh-year offensive lineman from Iowa played in seven games.
Tevaun Smith, Edmonton Elks (4) — A third-year receiver from Iowa played in 13 games and had 27 receptions for 324 yards.