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NFL mock drafts: Where Iowa, Iowa State players are projected

With just over a week to go, here's what the experts are saying about Iowa's prospects

Iowa tight end T J Hockenson runs the 40-yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 2, 2019. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
Iowa tight end T J Hockenson runs the 40-yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on March 2, 2019. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
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Next Thursday could be a historic night for the Iowa football program.

If both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are selected, Iowa will become the first school with a pair of tight ends drafted in the first round

Most mock drafts have Hockenson safely in the top 32, while Fant is a very real option for many teams on opening night as well.

Let’s take a look at what prognosticators from around the NFL Draft media landscape are saying about prospects from Iowa and Iowa State as the draft gets closer.

Most mock drafts aren't going seven rounds deep, or in some cases even three, so there is more analysis below for first-round projections. Click the links to take a deeper dive into these reporters' work.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

SB Nation consensus

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 12

Mel Kiper, ESPN

Team: Buffalo Bills

Round: 1

Pick: 9

Key analysis: “… the best tight end in the class and a true upgrade as a blocker and pass-catcher …”

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Todd McShay, ESPN

Team: Detroit Lions

Round: 1

Pick: 8

Key analysis: “… Hockenson’s rare combination of size, speed and athleticism should make him an immediate high-impact weapon for Matthew Stafford.”

Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 12

Key analysis: “It’s been a good long while since we saw a tight end prospect as well-rounded as Hockenson entering the NFL.”

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Chris Roling, Bleacher Report

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 12

Adam Rank, NFL.com

Team: Denver Broncos

Round: 1

Pick: 10

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Key analysis: “He’s a dynamic tight end, and while it’s tough for rookies at this position to come in and make a huge impact, I do believe he could be one of the exceptions to the rule.”

Conor Orr, The MMQB

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Round: 1

Pick: 7

Key analysis: “… Hockenson is better than any offensive tackle in this draft, and his blocking makes him a dual purpose pick.”

Dan Kadar, SB Nation

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 12

Key analysis: “… if Hockenson is available, he’s just the smart choice for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers has never really had a tight end who can do what Hockenson can do.”

Sporting News

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Round: 1

Pick: 11

Key analysis: “Hockenson can be the next great all-around player at the position with his hands, physicality, smarts and agility.”

Danny Kelly, The Ringer

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Round: 1

Pick: 20

Key analysis: “Throwback tight end who blocks like a lineman and catches like a receiver.”

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Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Round: 1

Pick: 20

Key analysis: “While there is a decent chance Hockenson is drafted before this pick, it wouldn’t be surprising if he is still available …”

R.J. White, CBS Sports

Team: Detroit Lions

Round: 1

Pick: 14 (trade)

Key analysis: “… a bona fide No. 1 tight end for the passing offense that will improve both the blocking up front and Matthew Stafford’s passing-game options.”

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Team: Tennessee Titans

Round: 1

Pick: 19

Key analysis: “And he can block.”

Eric Edholm, Yahoo

Team: Detroit Lions

Round: 1

Pick: 8

Key analysis: “The Lions could get help for their run game and passing game with Hockenson, and it’s a big position of need.”

DJ Boyer, Buddy Andrade, DraftSite

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 12

Key analysis: Athletic and physical TE who is equally effective in the run or pass game."

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Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 12

 

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Mel Kiper, ESPN

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 30

Key analysis: "Fant won’t block much (yet), but he’ll outrun a few defensive backs and score a few touchdowns.”

Todd McShay, ESPN

Team: Tennessee Titans

Round: 1

Pick: 19

Adam Rank, NFL.com

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 12

Chris Roling, Bleacher Report

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Round: 1

Pick: 7

Key analysis: “Given all the hype around quarterbacks and defenders, it is easy to forget about a high-upside tight end like Noah Fant out of Iowa. But NFL teams won’t forget.”

Dan Kadar, SB Nation

Team: Tennessee Titans

Round: 1

Pick: 19

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Key analysis: “He’s the type of reliable target that could help Marcus Mariota. He can also stretch the field, something the Titans need.”

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Danny Kelly, The Ringer

Team: Oakland Raiders

Round: 1

Pick: 24

Key analysis: “Athletically gifted tight end whose speed poses problems for linebackers and size causes headaches for defensive backs.”

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Team: Oakland Raiders

Round: 1

Pick: 24

Key analysis: “… Fant would … give the offense a dynamic inside threat to complement Antonio Brown and the outside weapons.”

R.J. White, CBS Sports

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Round: 1

Pick: 20

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Key analysis: “He’s not going to be a blocking option like Jesse James, but he’s a heck of a receiver who makes the offense more dynamic.”

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 30

Key analysis: “… an outstanding pass-catching tight end.”

Eric Edholm, Yahoo

Team: Green Bay Packers

Round: 1

Pick: 30

Key analysis: “Fant isn’t your typical tight end, and he could add another pass catcher to the mix to help spur the offense.”

DJ Boyer, Buddy Andrade, DraftSite

Team: Oakland Raiders

Round: 1

Pick: 27

Key analysis: "Smaller, athletic TE who is a great chess piece in the passing game."

Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Team: Oakland Raiders

Round: 1

Pick: 27

 

Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

Mel Kiper, ESPN

Team: Carolina Panthers

Round: 2

Pick: 47

Todd McShay, ESPN

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Round: 3

Pick: 69

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Key analysis: “… Hooker’s ball skills come in handy for a secondary that just lost Tashaun Gipson to a division foe.”

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Round: 3

Pick: 67

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R.J. White, CBS Sports

Team: Kansas City Chiefs

Round: 3

Pick: 92

“… a versatile safety who can spot up on tight ends, serving as a natural replacement for Eric Berry next to free-agent addition Tyrann Mathieu.”

DJ Boyer, Buddy Andrade, DraftSite

Team: Arizona Cardinals

Round: 4

Pick: 104

Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Team: New Orleans Saints

Round: 2

Pick: 62

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Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Team: Los Angeles Chargers

Round: 3

Pick: 91

R.J. White, CBS Sports

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Round: 3

Pick: 84

Key analysis: “… a big defensive end who can rush the passer or knock passes down with his long arms …”

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DJ Boyer, Buddy Andrade, DraftSite

Team: Chicago Bears

Round: 4

Pick: 126

Key analysis: "A tall, long limbed DE who could play in 4-3 or gain some weight and play 5 technique in a 3-4."

Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Team: Carolina Panthers

Round: 3

Pick: 77

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David Montgomery, RB Iowa State

Mel Kiper, ESPN

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round: 3

Pick: 70

Todd McShay, ESPN

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Round: 3

Pick: 81

“Montgomery would serve as a third-down back with some burst and route-running ability to spell Dalvin Cook.”

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Team: Minnesota Vikings

Round: 3

Pick: 81

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R.J. White, CBS Sports

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round: 3

Pick: 80 (trade)

Key analysis: “… a new potential feature back … who some feel is the best runner in the class.”

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DJ Boyer, Buddy Andrade, DraftSite

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Round: 3

Pick: 69

Key analysis: "Workhorse RB who is a dual threat for an offense."

Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Team: Buffalo Bills

Round: 3

Pick: 74

 

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

Mel Kiper, ESPN

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Round: 3

Pick: 84

Key analysis: “His inconsistency has him lower on my board than some teams, but getting him at No. 84 would be good value.”

Todd McShay, ESPN

Team: Detroit Lions

Round: 3

Pick: 88

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

Team: Carolina Panthers

Round: 2

Pick: 47

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R.J. White, CBS Sports

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Round: 3

Pick: 66

Key analysis: “… slips due to concerns about drops.”

DJ Boyer, Buddy Andrade, DraftSite

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Round: 2

Pick: 36

Key analysis: "Tall WR with incredible arm length and catch radius."

Luke Easterling, The Draft Wire

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Round: 1

Pick: 22

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