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Iowa's Anthony Nelson, Amani Hooker go in fourth round of NFL Draft

Nelson drafted by Tampa Bay, Hooker by Tennessee

Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson a fumble for a touchdown against Maryland at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson a fumble for a touchdown against Maryland at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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Iowa junior defensive end Anthony Nelson was selected by Tampa Bay with the 107th overall pick Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-7, 271-pound end had 23 sacks and 31 tackles for loss in 39 games with the Hawkeyes.

“I’m not a big numbers guy, but if you take a look at his testing numbers from the Combine, he’s got pretty freaky three-cone and short-shuttle times, especially for a guy that’s 6-7,” said Buccaneers Director of Player Personnel John Spytek on buccaneers.com. “He’s got great feet. I learned a long time ago from Andy Reid that linemen with great feet typically end up playing well.”

Then, with the 116th pick, the Tennessee Titans picked Iowa safety Amani Hooker, the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.

“(The Titans) are getting a playmaker, a baller, a student of the game and a guy you don’t have to worry about off the field,” Hooker told titansonline.com after being picked. “I am going to come into work every day, no complaining. It’s a business now and I am ready to take it on and win some championships and some Super Bowls.”

Hooker had four interceptions, seven pass breakups and 65 tackles in 2018 playing a safety/linebacker hybrid for Iowa.

The Titans traded up to make the pick.

“He was very versatile for Iowa,” Tennessee Coach Mike Vrabel said. “He played a lot of different places. This is a guy who can probably do a lot, but we don’t want to give him more that he can handle. We’re just excited to get him working.”

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