New B/R Mock Draft Has 5 Iowa Football Players Selected

first_img Future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski has heavily hinted that he my retire after this latest Super Bowl run, after considering it following last season. Hockenson was one of the breakout stars for Iowa this year.From Bleacher Report:As Rob Gronkowski nears the end to his Hall of Fame career, the New England Patriots have to think about his replacement. With a deep tight end class in front of them, the Patriots select a player similar to Gronk in Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson.A talented blocker and receiver, Hockenson can play Gronk’s role as a do-it-all tight end. Part of what makes Gronkowski so valuable in New England is his ability as a blocker and receiver. Hockenson isn’t at his level but has many of the same traits and could fit seamlessly into the Patriots offense.He isn’t the only tight end that could head to the NFL from Iowa City.With the very next pick, Miller has the Arizona Cardinals taking Noah Fant, who formed an impressive duo with Hockenson this season.The rest of the Iowa players in the mock draft:4th Round, 97th pick: S Armani Hooker – San Francisco 49ers 5th Round: DL Anthony Nelson – Arizona Cardinals 7th Round: OC Keegan Render – Miami DolphinsHockenson would be Iowa’s first first-round pick since 2015, when offensive tackle Brandon Scherff went fifth overall to Washington.[Bleacher Report] T.J. Hockenson catches a pass for Iowa against Northwestern.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Tight End T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes catches a pass during the first half in front of defensive back Travis Whillock #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Iowa football hasn’t had five players selected in the NFL Draft since 2012, when six Hawkeyes were selected.That could come to a change this year.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller released a new seven-round mock draft, and he has five Iowa Hawkeyes being selected.Things start out at the end of the first round, where one former Hawkeye could replace a legend.Miller has Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson going with the final pick of the first round to the New England Patriots.last_img

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