I used to enjoy watching the NFL draft when it was on Saturday and Sunday.
You could have the TV on and be doing other things while watching because you didn’t have to watch every minute.
Most of the time you had someone like Mel Kiper, Jr., who has been on ESPN as a draft analyst since 1984, breaking down each player and that gets a little old after five to 10 days of pre-draft talk.
Last year, they moved the draft to prime time on Thursday and Friday night and I miss the all-day Saturday and Sunday event.
There are two reasons I watch the draft. First, to see where the Hawkeyes go, and second to see who the Chicago Bears pick.
In Kirk Ferentz’s press conference last week, he said that in the last three years the Hawkeyes have had 23 players go to the NFL combine, which is six more than anyone else in the Big Ten.
Reilly Reif was taken in the first round by the Detroit Lions with the 23rd pick. He was the first Big Ten player selected.
The Chicago Bears, who need offensive lineman, had a shot at Reilly but took defensive end Shea McClellin from Boise State as the 19th pick. I’ve never heard of him but I also did not know who Richard Dent was when he was drafted in 1983 in the 8th round and is now in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Reilly started the last two years at left tackle, was named first team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media and first team All-American by Pro Football Weekly.
Reilly was the South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in high school. He was an all-state tight end as a senior and recruited by Nebraska and Iowa. He picked Iowa first, then Nebraska and finally became a Hawkeye.
One of the big upsides for Reilly is that he can play either tackle or guard position.
Marvin McNutt got picked by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round. I thought that was a little low.
To say Marvin had a breakout year last fall would be an understatement.
The Hawkeyes have been playing football for over 120 years and no one had more receiving yards in a single season than Marvin (1,315) and career touchdown receptions (28). He also tied Kevin Kasper for the most catches in a season (82).
Marvin was recruited as a quarterback and played QB for a couple of snaps as a redshirt freshman before switching to receiver that season.
The former St. Louis native could have played basketball or baseball in college.
Shaun Prater was drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Shaun was an All-Big Ten defensive back the last two years with four interceptions and 50 tackles last fall. He is a three-year starter who plays physical and has been covering Marvin McNutt for the last four years.
Shaun was a first team all-state player from Omaha, Neb., where he also played wide receiver.
Tyler Nielsen signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings.
Tyler has been nicked up most of his career, but started 11 games last year at linebacker, five games as outside linebacker and six in the middle.
He ran a 4.63 40-yard dash and is a good cover man plus solid tackler.
In 2006, Tyler was named Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year. He helped lead his team, Humboldt, to the 3A State Championship in 2006.
Adam Gettis was picked by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round.
When Adam was a freshman at Iowa, he was listed at 6-4, 235. For Iowa’s senior day he checked in at 6-2, 293.
I don’t think he became shorter, but Chris Doyle helped him beef up to start 13 games last fall and was named second team All Big Ten.
Adam was first team all-state in Illinois and his team won the state championship in 2005. He also lettered in basketball and track.
Mike Daniels was taken by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round.
Mike was 6-1, 240 as a freshman and also was helped by strength coach Chris Doyle. He also played running back in high school, totaling 2,203 yards rushing and scoring 25 touchdowns. Mike also was a three year letterman in wrestling.
Now Mike is 6-1, 291, and if he stays healthy has a great motor.
Jordan Bernstine got picked up by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round.
I think this is a good pick for the ‘Skins.
Jordan ran a 4.3 40 in Iowa’s pro day. He not only played safety for the Hawks, but returned 30 kickoffs for 713 yards averaging over 24 yards a return. He had a couple of returns for over 50 yards.
Jordan played in 12 games last fall, starting 11. He was a Parade All-American as a senior and he totaled 1,639 yards rushing and 20 career touchdowns.
Jordan was rated the top football player to come out of Iowa in 2006.
If he can stay healthy, he should help out immediately on special teams for the Redskins.
Tackle Markus Zusevics signed with New England as a free agent.
Markus is another one of the many Hawkeyes to develop and get bigger with a lot of help from Chris Doyle. He checked in at around 240 pounds as a freshman. Last fall, he played around 300 pounds.
He started the last 26 games for the Hawks and can play guard or tackle in the NFL.
The Patriots also picked up Brad Herman as a free agent. At 6-5, 252, Brad has good size to play tight end in the NFL.
Broderick Binns also signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals. Broderick has long arms and will probably play linebacker in the pros. He started all 13 games last year at defensive end.
Tampa Bay signed punter Eric Guthrie as a free agent. Eric averaged 41.2 yards on 53 punts last fall.
As for the Chicago Bears, they picked up a pretty good receiver, Alston Jeffery, in the second round. At 6-4, 230, he is a big target for Jay Cutler.
The Bears also drafted a tight end, free safety and two cornerbacks.
I’m not familiar with any of them, so hopefully the men in charge know what they are doing. It was a long day during Saturday’s draft. I was in and out, so I didn’t watch much of it.
The Hawkeyes have six drafted for the third year in a row.
It will be interesting to see which ones make it.